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WELCOME TO ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN

Dear Visitor,

May-Ling Chun

Director of Tourism, St. Maarten Tourism Bureau

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new visitors and welcome back our repeat guests! More than a year after Irma, which left the island devastated, St. Maarten/St. Martin has been welcoming back visitors. We started rebuilding, and new opportunities are rising. New businesses have opened, and homes are being rebuilt. The island has an opportunity to revise our tourism model, and as Director of Tourism, along with my team and the private sector, we will work hard to develop the most balanced

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tourism product that will give you a memorable experience. Our goal is to work closer than ever with the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) in order to market the destination better, and we hereby endorse Visit St. Maarten/St. Martin, the official publication of the SHTA. One of our main objectives is to focus on beautification and diversifying our product, and making the island’s tourism industry more sustainable. Together with the private sector and the community, we will work toward strengthening our tourism product. We’re happy to see the progress made by the hotel properties and businesses rebuilding stronger.

We are excited to be celebrating 50 years of our Sint Maarten Carnival with you. This is just one of the many wonderful events taking place on our island to ensure our product meets your expectations. We hope you feel welcomed when you arrive on our island to experience an unforgettable vacation. Each person has a role to play when engaging with our guests, as we are all St. Maarten/St. Martin ambassadors, so it is our duty to be friendly and helpful to you because tourism is everyone’s business. Have an amazing vacation! Sincerely,

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WELCOME TO ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN

Dear Guest, Welcome to St. Maarten/ St. Martin! You are sure to enjoy our small binational island and the many things it has to offer, as there is definitely something for everyone. Whether you enjoy a serene sailing trip, a relaxing beach day on one of our

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island’s 37 pristine beaches, or a hike with a view through our green hills, our diverse island provides nature lovers a wide array of options. For a more energetic holiday, choose from hundreds of activities here on St. Maarten/St. Martin, or try a bit of island hopping with day trips to surrounding islands like Anguilla, Saba or St. Barths. Make traveling to

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these islands even more of an adventure by making the trip on one of our many large charter boats or on a private charter. Don’t forget to take a dive and see how the underwater landscape on St. Maarten/St. Martin is just as diverse as it is above water. For the traveler seeking tranquility, visit our renowned beaches with some of the most beautiful blue seas in the world and emerald green hills meandering in between. As our beautiful sunsets close in, make sure not to miss out on the many tastes of what is called the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.” It is not without reason that our national culinary team is one of the most decorated in the region. Our vast diversity of cuisine inspires and is an

excellent representation of our multicultural population. For those who cannot get enough, our dynamic nightlife provides you with a vast array of lively bars, casinos and many styles of nightclubs. As you may notice, our island shows some scars from the 2017 hurricane season, but we are taking the time to rebuild and to improve our destination. We are committed to ensuring that our island’s beauty and uniqueness is still immediately apparent and will make every visitor feel like they want to stay. Goede Vakantie!

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WELCOME TO ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN  CONTRIBUTORS

Mary Magill Blair was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in studio art and an emphasis in photography. During her 27 years, she has traveled to 35 countries, throughout six continents, expanding her photographic portfolio every chance she gets. She still currently resides in Charleston.

Born in the Netherlands, Ilja Botha inherited a love of nature from her parents. Her mom enjoyed pointing out and naming every plant and bird they came across, leaving her with a great interest in the natural world and the urge to preserve it. Botha worked in sales and marketing, but she quit her job in 2016 to focus on Seagrape Tours. She loves taking people out on tours. Botha speaks and writes Dutch, English and French, and she’ll chat in German and give Spanish a go, too.

Born on the happy island of Aruba and raised on the friendly island of St. Maarten from a young age, Richard Hazel is an all-around island boy whose day job is that of an electronics engineer. In his spare time, he indulges his passion for photography at RTGH Photography. From weddings and events to plane spotting, landscape photography and everything in between, he loves capturing memories that last a lifetime.

Arun Jagtiani’s parents came to the island in 1970 and they never left. After living on St. Maarten, Jagtiani moved away to explore other places in the world, and then returned in 2002. Since then, he’s worked in the local real estate market and, in the summer of 2009, he started Island Real Estate Team. They’ve become one of the largest agencies on the island and received many awards. They now have a new division, IRE Vacations, for vacation rentals.

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Annemiek Meussen loves planning and executing destination events. Weddings are her favorite of the events she and her talented team of planners organize. She is very attentive to details and ensures that the bride and groom have the ceremony of their dreams.

Jorge Ramirez of Dream Pictures by JR is an awardwinning photographer who has worked for well-known organizations, including the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Rums of Puerto Rico and Kodak. He’s also developed campaigns for top advertising agencies. Ramirez favors the rich colors of dawn and dusk, when natural light is at its most colorful.

LOOK FOR THIS DECAL With a career footprint spanning more than two decades, Alita Singh is a versatile writer as comfortable in feature writing as with hard-hitting news. A senior journalist attached to St. Maarten–based newspaper The Daily Herald, Singh is also a Dutch Caribbean correspondent for several news outlets. She was recently recognized as a “Prominent Woman” for her contribution to media and was named a “Community Ambassador” by the international iChange Nations (ICN) organization.

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Desiree J. Winkel was born in Holland and later moved to Curaçao, where she opened her first foreign business, Adventure, Fun & Excitement, and later Caribbean Event Management. During this time, she organized team building and corporate events for wellknown companies. In 2005, she opened Fitness Coaching in St. Maarten. She has a Bachelor of Science in sports management, wellness and fitness, as well as a master’s degree.

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As you explore the island, if you see this special sticker in the window of retailers, restaurants and businesses, it represents their involvement with the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) and this publication. The SHTA takes great pride in its members and respecting and honoring the tourists who come to enjoy all that St. Maarten/St. Martin has to offer. This decal indicates that the business and/or organization in which it appears is in good standing with the SHTA and strives to provide visitors with professionalism, integrity and a wonderful experience on the island.

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WELCOME TO ST. MAARTEN/ ST. MARTIN

Consistency AND Familiarity 16a

CALENDAR OF EVENTS What’s happening on the island

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5 REASONS TO VISIT — AGAIN AND AGAIN First-rate amenities and attractions

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STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE We’re back!

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TOP THINGS TO DO Do as the locals do 5 trips under $50 The art of plane spotting

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SEAS THE DAY Explore our beautiful beaches

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WAVES OF FUN Water sports and activities

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JUST FOR KIDS … Fun for all ages

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SHOPPING IN STYLE Shop for treasures during your visit

FOOD SPIRITS AND NIGHTLIFE 92

SAVOR THE FLAVORS Creative culinary offerings

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JOIN THE PARTY Fun-filled island nights

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FOR LAND LOVERS Unforgettable adventures on land

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Take us with you on the go! View the digital edition of Visit St. Maarten/St. Martin at visitstmaarten.com and download the Visit St. Maarten app.

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Activities AND Attractions


CARIBBEAN AND COSMOPOLITAN 124

THE ART OF ISLAND LIVING Discover some of our talented artists

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FIT AND FAB Stay fit and healthy while on holiday

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION 134

ISLAND HOPPING It’s easy to meet the neighbors

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LOVE IN THE TROPICS Weddings and honeymoons

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INVESTING IN PARADISE Make this a permanent vacation

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USEFUL INFORMATION Tips to help you navigate the island

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MAP OF ST. MAARTEN/ ST. MARTIN Find your way around the island

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St. Maarten/St. Martin is pure amazement, dining, fun and duty-free shopping like nowhere else in the Caribbean. Explore and experience a place that’s a little Dutch, a little French and a whole lot of wow!

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CONSISTENCY AND FAMILIARITY  WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION

5 REASONS TO VISIT — AGAIN AND AGAIN WHY DO SO MANY VISITORS TO ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN RETURN TO THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND AGAIN AND AGAIN? The obvious reason: with 37 stunning beaches — one for every square mile — the island shared by the Netherlands and France is a scenic slice of paradise. But there’s more here than sun, sand and sea. St. Maarten/St. Martin is a world-class destination packed with first-rate attractions and amenities. Yet for all its sophistication, the island radiates a welcoming feel. No wonder it’s known throughout the West Indies as the “Friendly Island.” Folks feel at home here every time they visit. Here are five reasons to put this island on your must-visit, must-return-to list of destinations.

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1. CONSISTENCY AND FAMILIARITY.

St. Maarten/St. Martin is well developed but by no means overdeveloped. Laze away a sunny afternoon on a pristine beach and then treat yourself to a spa massage. Resorts and other accommodations are world class, offering every sort of creature comfort. A high standard of living and dependable infrastructure make St. Maarten/St. Martin a holiday destination you’ll want to visit again and again.

2. ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS.

Small in size, St. Maarten/St. Martin towers over other islands when it comes to recreation. Your options are practically unlimited. You can play the day away on water and on land, try your luck at a casino table, meet up with pals at a beach bar or simply tap your toes to a beguiling island beat.

3. FOOD, SPIRITS AND NIGHTLIFE.

The island’s reputation as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” is well deserved, especially in towns like Grand Case, on the French side. Top chefs from around the world come to the island to stir the melting pot and blend the diverse flavors brought here by its settlers. Book a table or fill a picnic basket with a round of Gouda imported from the Netherlands and a fine wine brought in from France.

4. CARIBBEAN AND COSMOPOLITAN.

Since the 17th century, the island has been shared by the Netherlands and France, and each side reflects the distinctive ambience of its mother country. To sample the culture of both countries, just cross the border. No passport is required. In addition, St. Maarten/St. Martin is a melting pot of cultures. More than 120 nationalities are represented here.

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5. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.

It’s easy to reach this crossroads in the Leeward Islands, where the northeastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean. It’s a neighbor of regional transportation hub Puerto Rico, and several airlines fly directly to Princess Juliana International Airport from France, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada. St. Maarten/St. Martin is also a favorite port of call for most major cruise lines and makes a great base for island hopping.

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CONSISTENCY AND FAMILIARITY  WE’RE BACK

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STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE ALMOST EVERY ISLANDER WILL TELL YOU THE SAME: ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN IS BACK, AND IT’S BETTER, STRONGER AND MORE RESILIENT THAN EVER.

Not even a monster storm could keep this island down for long. St. Maarten/St. Martin is back, and it’s stronger than it was when Hurricane Irma struck on the morning of September 6, 2017. The name “Irma” is vacating the lexicon of everyday life. The island mantra now is “Build Back Better.” Islanders and volunteers are strengthening not only the physical infrastructure but the spirit of the people who call this pearl of an island home. Country singer Kenny Chesney put it this way in “Song for the Saints”: “We say we can when they say we can’t … See what it is when they see what it ain’t … With blood, sweat, and tears and a new coat of paint …” It is more than fresh coats of paint and new walls. Hotels, tours operations and other facilities are paying more attention to better, more resilient building practices. Renewal and resilience are two of the characteristics that most define this island, says Wyb Meijer, executive director of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Associa-

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tion. “Our product,” he says, “is back already and getting better.” Meijer says it’s important to note the speed at which the destination was ready for business again after the storm. Return guests will be pleased to see familiar places updated with a fresh start. In fact, Meijer says, “Resorts and properties will be 200 percent better as the rebuilding continues.” The island, of course, still has all of its main ingredients: cosmopolitan and multinational offerings with a very Caribbean feel, diverse culinary and nightlife experiences, and a great landscape — from the pink cliffs of Cupecoy to the tops of the rolling hills. St. Maarten/St. Martin has a major advantage over many other Caribbean destinations: it’s not solely dependent on stay-over tourists. Cruise tourism plays a major role in the economy. The one millionth cruise passenger mark was surpassed for 2018 in late September of that year. This was quite a rebound from the last quarter of 2017.


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A Better Product

Innovation and creativity have also been employed in the recovery. Take the Caribbean Multihull Challenge (February 8–10, 2019), the sister of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (February 28 to March 3). This race will expand the island’s sailing calendar and attract more boat business here. This will be good for tourism and will bring business to boatyards, chandleries and other feeder enterprises. “The tourism product, overall, will slowly grow from all of this,” Meijer says. “And, I strongly believe the destination will be even better in two years’ time when the renewal is nearing completion.” In the renewal process, it’s the people who are the island’s greatest asset, he says. Their resilience and strength were the ingredients that pushed the destination’s reopening to visitors, the fuel that keeps the local economy going. Residents never took an idle moment from when they were able to leave their homes and shelters after Irma cleared the area. They went to work cleaning up debris and caring for those in need. They were the country’s first responders, and many continue to help today. Their approach spawned a new island niche: voluntourism. Many people from abroad have joined in to better the island they hold fondly in their memories — and to make new and better memories. Businesses and resorts are also doing their part. One major result has been Hospitality First, an initiative developed by the St. Maarten Training Foundation. This is an academy for professionals in the hospitality industry to acquire international hotel hospitality certification in service standards, culinary arts, public health, food safety, leadership skills, customer service and personal development. That’s another milestone in the “Build Back Better” approach. The determination of the island’s people and its businesses did not escape the attention of King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander when he visited the Dutch side in September and December 2017. He said after one of his walkabouts: “It was very, very impressive to speak to a lot of people who said, ‘Yes, we are going to come out of this stronger. We are St. Maarten, we are the friendly island and we will be back in the future.’” French President Emmanuel Macron expressed similar sentiments when he visited the French side. “St. Martin will be reborn,” he said. “I promise … It will be done quickly, it will be done well and it will be done better.”

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HAVE A HEART  TOURISTS, TOO, CAN HELP THE ISLAND TO HEAL IN THE WAKE OF A DEVASTATING STORM. The island’s recovery from Hurricane Irma is progressing, and kindhearted volunteers have played a crucial role in quickly reopening attractions on tourismdriven St. Maarten/St. Martin. You, too, can help – as a volunteer or donor – when visiting the island on vacation. Player Development on Pond Island started as a baseball clinic. It has since grown into a full-fledged after-school program for less-fortunate children. Coach Tom Burnett welcomes volunteers to read to kids and guide them in reading and writing. The children love science activities, so equipment and games are appreciated. Senior citizens are treasured for their contributions to build the country. Why not spend an afternoon with them playing

checkers or dominoes, or listening to their stories about “way back when” at the Senior Citizens Recreational Centre in Hope Estate? If you are good with computers, consider helping out with classes for seniors who want to maintain online contact with off-island family members. Nature Foundation St. Maarten, Les Fruits de Mer association and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean welcome eco-conscious individuals and groups to be part of beach cleanups and get firsthand information about the island’s unique flora, fauna and precious wetlands. Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Animals R Friends (ARF) are always happy to get a few more hands to help more paws. ARF needs volunteers to drop off food at various locations, walk dogs and help with other projects. If you can’t spare the time, you can make a donation at AWF’s Mutt Hutt at Dock Maarten. Also consider spending time at one of the island’s foster homes sponsored by I Can Foundation and New Start for Children Foundation. Books, food, clothing, educational toys and school items are always appreciated. VISITSTMAARTEN.COM

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TOP THINGS TO DO St. Maarten/St. Martin is packed with attractions that you will want to experience before returning home.

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There’s a lot to discover on St. Maarten/ St. Martin, as you might expect of a

Caribbean paradise shared by two European nations. That’s why the Dutch-French island logs so many repeat visitors. Maybe you can’t take in all the sights this time around, but you must experience the island’s top attractions before you go back home. Here are some to top your list. Rainforest Adventures at Rockland Estate boasts the world’s steepest zip line: The Flying Dutchman. Zip from hilltop to hilltop and ride a doughnut to the bottom. After your bird’s-eye view, get a glimpse into the past at the park’s Emilio Wilson Museum. Ever thought it would be wonderful to capture precious vacation moments in a bottle? You can do that at Tijon Parfumerie, which makes handcrafted fragrances with essences and extracts from around the world. Make your own personal fragrance with the help of experts. Topper’s Rhum is a must-have souvenir to take home. Tour the distillery and sample a variety of flavored spirits. Nurture your competitive spirit as well at the St. Maarten 12 Metre Regatta. Join the crew of an authentic sailing yacht in an America’s Cup race against waves, wind and, of course, other boats! For a leisurely sail, opt for an outing with Aqua Mania Adventures. Visit the outer islets and dive or snorkel to see the colorful world beneath the waves. It’s teeming with a rainbow of fish and other

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fascinating sea creatures. Or sip Champagne and watch the sun journey to its nightly sleep aboard a sunset sail with Eagle Tours. It’s the perfect way to close the day. There are also options to sail to other islands or to just relax on board. Water athletes will be in heaven at Sea Fun. Conquer the waves aboard a fast Jet Ski, go tubing or try a flyboard or hoverboard. Then regale the folks back home with tales of

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how you mingled with the sea and sky. You can horse around, literally, at Seaside Nature

Trek St. Maarten will be your gateway into a whole new world. Don a helmet with a continuous supply of air to

Park. The park offers horseback riding along the beach and hillside for a different perspective of the island. This is a great locale for children to make friends with a host of furry and farmyard creatures. Remember Jules Verne’s book Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea? Sea

explore the ocean floor. Hikers and bird-watchers are welcome at Seagrape Tours. Join an organized tour to see the island’s flora and fauna up close and personal or get your own band of nature lovers together and let the knowledgeable tour guide show you around.


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 Quaint Vicky’s Keys hearkens back to a bygone era.

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TriSport Eco Tours takes athleticism and history to another level with its beach and bike tour through Philipsburg. You can also opt for a cross-border bike tour and a kayak lagoon tour. History buffs also will want to spend some time at the St. Maarten Heritage Museum. In a cozy alley off bustling Front Street, the museum brings visitors face to face with facts and artifacts. Then walk over to Captain Hodge Wharf on Great Bay Beach to the World War II Monument to read the names of those brave souls from the Dutch Caribbean who gave their lives for freedom. If you have mobility issues, get in contact with Alpha Health Care Services. This company rents wheelchairs, including those suitable for a beach “swim,” respirators and a variety of braces. The goal is to ensure every visitor, no matter how differently abled, has the full island experience. Want to meet the ritzy neighbor? Great Bay Express can take you over to St. Barths for a day (or overnight) trip. Explore the winding roads and shell beaches in this charming seaside retreat. Can’t decide what to do? Get in touch with SXM Deals and let them help you with all of the selection and activity planning. Aside from the plethora of planned and curated activities the island has to offer, there are some simpler things you must do when vacationing here. Take time to relax and soak up the sun on the beach. If you prefer no tan lines, opt for the clothing-optional Orient Bay or Cupecoy beaches. Do not leave the shores of this island paradise without experiencing what it’s like to have a very large airplane fly over your head. Maho Bay Beach is the place for this. Jetliners come in low for landing and let off a heavy stream of “jet blast” for takeoff. Before you leave, why not have a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt by car or scooter to find all four border points of the island? These points are marked by flags, obelisks or simple signage. Get a photo with one foot in France and another in the Netherlands. Get a scooter from Johnny’s Scooter Rental for you and your companion and zip around. Prefer a car? Thrifty Car Rental will have one to suit your adventure.

In the village of Sucker Garden, well off the beaten tourist path, is a hostel that reflects the essence of island hospitality. The lodging, set in St. Maarten’s country hillsides, is on land owned by the Cee Marlin family since the 18th century. Vicky’s Keys is comfortable and affordable, and gives guests a chance to delve into laid-back village life. Step out of your room and chat with locals who have remained steadfast to their roots as time and commerce have changed the island. Marlin is proud of the enclave he has created on his ancestral land. The unusual name pays homage to the owners’ late great-grandmother and mother. The property still has some original details, such as rock walls (commonly called slave walls), blackberry vines and fruit trees. When you stay at Vicky’s Keys, you can experience life as it was — and still is for some island residents. Listen to their tales and myths, and follow their recommendations for a one-of-a-kind island stay. Vicky’s Keys includes three mixed dormitories, two private dorm rooms and two luxury studios. The hostel can host as many as 21 guests at a time. Several gardens boast herbs, vegetables and fruit. There’s even a café and a barbecue area. The hostel is popular not only with those seeking an unforgettable stay but also with adventurous backpackers. That sort of mix is what Marlin had in mind when he dedicated his efforts to providing tourists with affordable accommodations that reflect heart, history and harvest. Vicky’s Keys has everything guests need to enjoy their visit to the island — especially guests looking for a flexible, customized experience. “You are not obligated to participate in a buffet if you don’t want to,” Marlin says. “There are no tightly plastered walls or modern furnished spaces. Everything is just a little crooked. That’s the charm of the Caribbean.”

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Do As the Locals Do SLOW DOWN AND SAVOR THIS SLICE OF PARADISE.

If you really want to get to know St. Maarten/St. Martin, ask the locals. Here they offer you some insider tips for making the most of your island holiday. Going to the beach is a mainstay. Environmental activist Jadira Veen goes early to “worship the sun” and immerse herself in cool, crystal-clear waters. “I go before the crowds come in, so the beach is all mine,” she says. “As soon as the sun starts to rise, I get up with it. That sets the tone of my day.” This island gained its moniker of “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” not only because it’s home to so many restaurants

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but also because locals love to cook together and share meals. It’s unlikely you could visit a home without being offered something to eat or drink. Johnnycakes (or journey cakes, depending on whom you talk to) with cheese or salt fish are popular with locals. Some of the best journey cakes, as she calls them, come from the kitchen of Jacky Barry, an enthusiastic Caribbean cook always ready to feed hungry visitors. You can also seek out local fare at several restaurants, including Emilio’s Restaurant, Mark’s Place, Shieka's Bistro and more.


This island gained its moniker of “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” not only because it’s home to so many restaurants but also because locals love to cook together and share meals.

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Tranquility is prized. Real estate developer Astrid Gartner-Plantz is happy at the beach, enjoying savory bites and a glass of wine. It is her time to get away from the hustle and bustle and read a good book. Hiking is a favorite activity of many islanders, who see this as a way to connect with the beauty and tranquility of their home. Members of SXM Trails gather together for several hikes a month, ranging from gentle walks to extreme hikes and moonlight trails. For teens, there is no better hangout on Friday and Saturday nights than Caribbean Cinemas. Youngsters flock to see the latest movies (new ones open here every Thursday — a full day before stateside previews). Seeing a movie is not the only reason the cinema is so popular; teens love it as place to meet up and be seen.

At the end of a long night of partying, when most restaurants are closed, the food of choice is shawarma, a Middle Eastern meat preparation based on the doner kebab of Ottoman Turkey. This dish is served in pita bread, making it easy to eat. And, to really claim that islander badge, you have to

appreciate stopping traffic. Not at crosswalks, but anywhere along the road. Islanders joke that if you are annoyed by drivers who abruptly stop to chat with a neighbor, then you are not yet a full-fledged islander. It’s a Caribbean tradition to stop and chat, even though smartphones aplenty can be found throughout the island.

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 @salmamendes St. Maarten is definitely one of my favorite Caribbean islands! I love shopping there and the airport beach is really fun and unique. Both sides of the island are beautiful, and there are so many things to do everywhere.

5 TRIPS UNDER $50  These day trips are fun and affordable. Are you visiting beautiful St. Maarten/St. Martin with your family and looking for fun activities that won’t break the bank? Here are five excursions from Aqua Mania Adventures that show you the best that the dual-nation island has to offer for under $50 per person. Plus, you can do them all comfortably in a week. MONDAY: Start off your vacation exploring St. Maarten/ St. Martin with an Island Bus Tour. A narrated tour ensures that you receive background information on the island and allows you to discover which are the best beaches to visit and excursions to take. Shop

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 @ladyhattan I enjoy the culture and soaking up the sun on the most gorgeous beaches in the world! I love how you can find both Dutch and French influences on one single island — it’s a place full of beauty and cultural traditions!

and stop at a beach to enjoy lunch. $20 per person TUESDAY: St. Maarten/ St. Martin is famous as a snorkeling destination, with lots of reefs and rock formations. A half-day snorkeling adventure aboard Sand Dollar takes you on a relaxing cruise through the lagoon to Creole Rock. Snorkel amid colorful reef fish and corals. Maybe you’ll even spot some bigger marine life, like barracudas and stingrays. $45 per person, including refreshments and light snacks WEDNESDAY: The unique aspect of St. Maarten/ St. Martin is that it is part Dutch and part French. There are many excellent activities to enjoy on both sides of the island. One that has to be on your to-do list is a visit to the Marigot market. Leave by boat from Simpson Bay for your Marigot shopping trip.

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 @swallows_travelers We enjoy snorkeling and exploring nature on the island. We’ll spend a day at the beach and then go to the Sunset Beach Bar to witness the most beautiful sunset we've ever seen. We also like the easy access to nearby islands like Pinel and Tintamarre.

Get dropped off in the heart of Marigot, while avoiding parking hassles. Stroll through the market, sit down for a cup of coffee and delicious pastries, make your way up to Fort Louis for stunning views and great photo ops, enjoy lunch at a French bistro and hop back on the water taxi for your cruise back to Simpson Bay. $12 per person THURSDAY: There is no better way to end a day in paradise than by sailing off into the sunset. Join the Sunset Sail aboard Lambada to make everlasting memories. Snap family photos with a stunning sunset in the background. Young and old enjoy this 90-minute, fun-filled trip. Relax in the nets up front or dance to the music as you enjoy the island’s breathtaking coastline. $40 per person FRIDAY: St. Maarten/ St. Martin is home to 37 gor-

geous beaches, all worth a visit. For fun in the sun, with lots of swimming, snorkeling and water sports, a beach day is the way to go. A tranquil beach is perfect for families with little ones. Let the bigger kids swim out to the reef for some snorkeling or watch them as they go out for a paddle while you lie back in a lounge chair, sipping a cocktail. Life doesn’t get better than this. The $40 per person includes chairs, umbrella, snorkel gear and an hour of fun in a kayak or on a paddle board. Other water sports are also available. Day trips to the surrounding islands might be a little more expensive, but when combined with two or more, ask for a discount. Aqua Mania offers trips to Statia, Saba, Anguilla, Prickly Pear, Tintamarre and Pinel, as well as dinner cruises and three scuba-diving stops.


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THE ART OF PLANE SPOTTING

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 Here’s an adrenaline rush like no other. Chris Garner is an avid plane spotter, part of an active plane spotting community who try to capture the “rush” of jets flying right over their heads as they land or take off at Princess Juliana International Airport. Plane spotters set out to capture the iconic landing experience. Seeing a plane approach over the azure waters of Maho Bay and start to descend is pure adrenaline, Garner says. Then there’s the thrilling “jet blast,” powerful gusts generated by departing planes. Garner, a paralegal, was drawn to the camera a few years ago and soon found her niche in plane spotting. “I used to be a very nervous flier,” she says, “but since taking up a camera, it has been better. Looking through the lens takes the stress away.” “There’s something about the sight and sound of a 747 coming in,” says airport official and fellow plane spotter Franklyn “Beeks” Wilson. “Taking a photo of it is even more of a rush. Plane spotting is a real way of capturing something that’s moving very fast.” Ellinger Paul, a marina security official who has been snapping photos for more than a decade, also can’t get enough of plane spotting. “St. Maarten is perfect for this,” Paul says. “You can take photos from the beach or while standing in the water. Some spotters have even booked rooms in Sonesta Maho to get the best shots.”

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All three agree that it’s important to use the right setting and ensure that the camera is in “burst shot” mode. That’s because you have only about five seconds to get the shot of an arriving plane. As Paul says: “There’s an art to plane spotting. It takes a lot of practice.” That art is not only in the cleverness of the photographer. Spotters say they like to photograph a plane that’s never been to the island or one clad in special livery to celebrate or mark an event. For Garner, the “special one” was a colorful Azerbaijan Airlines Airbus 340-500; Paul’s was a Boston Red Sox–themed JetBlue A320-200; and Wilson will long remember that Plus Ultra Charter A340-300. The airport is supportive of plane spotters. Various camera

positions are located around the facility. Garner and fellow spotters recommend that you use camera points close to the airport’s cargo section. Garner also suggests taking photos of planes coming in to land from “dead center” of Maho Beach. “This spot is not for takeoffs but great for landings. You can get the plane, the water and the beach. And if you are super lucky, a fabulous yacht may also be in your frame!” You can also practice the art of plane spotting on neighboring islands like St. Barths and Saba. Pilots must be specially trained to land at St. Barths’ tiny Gustav III Airport and Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport in Saba. The airport on St. Barths has a short airstrip at the base of a sloping hill that ends di-

rectly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep, taking fliers over the hilltop roundabout (yes, with traffic buzzing by). The takeoff is right over sunbathers’ heads. Saba is a volcano jutting out of the Caribbean Sea known for having the shortest commercial runway in the world — only 400 meters (1,312 feet) long. The runaway is bound on one side by high hills and cliffs that drop into the sea at both ends. Pilots have to glide down to land. And to take off? Think of how a jet is propelled off an aircraft carrier, then add falling off a cliff and steadily climbing up, up, up into the sky! And, remember, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to get that special plane spotting thrill. All tourists have to do is look up.

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SEAS THE DAY Finding the perfect beach on St. Maarten/St. Martin is a shore bet.

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Around every corner there’s a beach to explore on St. Maarten/ There’s a beach, in fact, for each of the island’s 37 square miles; and all are kissed by the inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Each beach has its own character and amenities. Sand embraces a range of colors and textures, from sparkling white and coral pink to volcanic black, as soft as powder or as sensual as sifted sugar. Best of all, variety is the spice of beach life on the island. You’ll discover beaches to suit every sort of shore lover, from sporties to spooners and families with kids. Here are some of our picks for best beaches on the Dutch and French sides of this multifaceted island. No matter which you choose, you won’t go wrong. On St. Maarten/St. Martin, there’s no such thing as a bad beach day.

BEST BEACH FOR FAMILIES St. Maarten Little Bay Beach: The Fort Amsterdam peninsula separates Little Bay from Great Bay, making the waters of this southwestern beach calm. The area is a haven for birds, thanks to conservation efforts. The powdery, whitesand beach offers several sporting options, such as paddleboating, jet-skiing and parasailing. You’re also close to the shops, restaurants and historic attractions of Philipsburg.

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St. Martin Le Galion/Galion Beach: Take your cue from locals. Parents and kids who make their homes on the island tend to flock to this eastern beach for holiday celebrations. The beach, whose shallow water is protected from rough ocean currents, features all sorts of activities for grown-ups and kids alike, including kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing.

St. Martin Lovers’ Beach: The beach owes its name to a local wit who noted that it was barely big enough to accommodate more than one couple at a time. To reach this small stretch of sand on the northeastern edge of the island, you have to follow a trail and amble down a steep incline, but the secluded ambience is a mood enhancer.

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St. Maarten Cupecoy Beach: Dramatic ochre-colored cliffs embrace a richly carpeted coral-sand shore at the southwestern corner of the island. Magnificent sunsets wash across cave-peppered sandstone formations towering 20 feet above the surf. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the fabled Green Flash as the sun sinks below the horizon. Legend has it that those who spot this fleeting atmospheric phenomenon will enjoy everlasting love.

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St. Maarten Dawn Beach: Rent your gear here on the eastern side of the island and swim out to a spectacular coral reef. Later, you can relax under a beach umbrella on sugary sand as you enjoy the hilly skyline of neighboring St. Barths. Come at sunrise if you need proof that this beach is aptly named. St. Martin Ile de Pinel/Pinel Island: Head for Cul de Sac on the north side and hop aboard a tradi-

tional boat called a saintoise for a five-minute ride to this protected point of sand surrounded by pristine, shallow water. Follow the snorkel trail to explore the coral reefs. Or simply stretch out and relax, as locals do on weekends.

BEST BEACH FOR SURFING St. Maarten Mullet Bay: Waves curl and crash against this wide, moon-shaped stretch of white sand fringed by shady palms and sea grape trees on the western coast. Its crystalline waters are excellent for swimming, but bring a buddy if you’re venturing farther out, where rip currents are periodically reported. St. Martin Baie aux Prunes/Plum Bay: Locals like to ride the swells at this secluded golden-sand beach at the western tip of the island near Baie Longue/ Long Bay. There are no amenities here, unless you count the enchanting view of Saba.


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ESCAPE TO EL ZAFIRO

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 The perfect relaxing getaway awaits. Miles of white-sand beach and the soft lapping of waves await you at El Zafiro Boutique Hotel in Simpson Bay, where you can escape completely, relax and unwind. There are also plenty of activities if you’re looking for adventure. Access to a wide array of water sports, such as snorkeling, banana boats, jet-skiing and kayaking, can also be found here. El Zafiro offers complimentary kayaks and paddleboards to guests. Or, how about showing off your skills at beach tennis, volleyball or yoga? El Zafiro has a dedicated spot directly on the

beach for these activities. Famished from all that lounging and beach sports? The on-site restaurant specializes in creole cuisine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily; and the beach bar serves one of the best piña coladas on the island. After a perfect day in paradise, you can retreat to your boutique-style suites with breathtaking views from the patio to catch the sunset or hang out with friends. A full breakfast, Wi-Fi, cable television with over 120 channels, daily cleaning service and an iPhone for local and long-distance phone calls throughout your stay are included in the El Zafiro package. If you’re traveling for business, you’ll find just what you need here. The suites are equipped with all the essentials to make a work trip to St. Maarten/ St. Martin both pleasant and productive.

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BEST BEACH FOR PEOPLE WATCHERS St. Maarten Maho Beach: Carry a camera or use your phone to capture the awed expressions of tourists who teem here in late afternoon when jumbo jets fly right over you as they touch down at adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport. Hang onto your hat or lose it to the blowing blast of a Boeing or Airbus.

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shop after shop along the Boardwalk that fronts this heart-of-town beach. This is the place to pick up island crafts or goods imported from the Netherlands.

St. Maarten Geneve Bay: Reaching this rugged black-rock beach on the southeastern coast near Philipsburg requires an hour-long hike from Guana Bay through evergreen shrub land. You’ll be rewarded for your effort with photogenic geological formations, brown pelicans and melon-shaped melocactus plants.

St. Martin Anse Marcel: You’re in no danger of maxing out your credit card if you visit this white, sandy beach on the northwestern coast. But the full-service marina here is worth a stroll for its café, convenience store and handful of boutique shops.

St. Martin Petites Cayes: To get to this pristine northern spot, you must take a boat or take on a challenging 35-minute hike along the coast or across the cliffs and rocks of a nature preserve. Hillside views of the beach and Anguilla are sure to please photographers.

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BEST BEACH FOR FOODIES St. Martin Plage de Grand Case/ Grand Case Beach: You won’t go hungry on the French northern end of the island, which is famed the world over for its wealth of gourmet restaurants and local grills known as lolos. Eateries line Grand Case Boulevard at the heart of a picturesque fishing village. Walk the mile-long beach and work up an appetite as you take in the sunset and spectacular views of Anguilla.

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St. Maarten Simpson Bay Beach: More than a mile long, this wide, flat, white-sand beach has a secluded feel but is within close range of a number of restaurants, bars and casinos. It’s in the southwest, near Princess Juliana International Airport, but not under the flight path of noisy jets coming in for a landing.

BEST BEACH FOR SHOPPERS St. Maarten Great Bay: Just four streets deep and one mile long, Philipsburg offers duty-free

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St. Martin Baie Orientale/Orient Beach: You also may want to snap away if you visit the northeastern St. Tropez of the Caribbean, a Riviera-like stretch of white powder that tends to attract celebrities and jetsetters. But bag the camera if you decide to venture to the far southern end of the two-mile-long beach, where unclothed fellow sun worshippers are found. Water sports reign supreme, while most bars and restaurants right on the sand are being rebuilt after the hurricane.


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Little Bay Beach

BEST BEACH FOR GETTING AWAY St. Maarten Guana Bay: Picturesque and unspoiled, this quiet, secluded beach northeast of Philipsburg hugs a long, wide bay. Supply yourself with sundries. There are no amenities here, but you’ll get a great view of St. Barths, just 15 miles off shore. Don’t try to swim there, though. Currents can be strong in deep waters. St. Martin Baie Lucas/Lucas Bay: Exposed to Atlantic swells and

strong winds, this white-sand beach on the southeastern coast draws few visitors even though it’s not that far from urban development. Snorkelers will enjoy coral and rock formations in water sometimes shallow enough to permit walking to a small island offshore.

BEST BEACH FOR PARTIERS St. Maarten Simpson Bay Beach: Bars here serve up magnificent sunsets with guavaberry coladas, making this extension of Simpson Bay Beach a great choice

for happy hour gatherings. Of course, happy hour on this island is any time you say it is. Karakter Beach Bar and Restaurant is a great place to raise a glass with old pals and toast new friends. St. Martin Anse des Peres/Friar’s Bay: By day, it’s a small, family-oriented beach with good views of Anguilla. But after the sun goes down, restaurants and bars draw crowds to the sheltered northwest coast for live music and not-to-be-missed full-moon parties. Let yourself howl!

You’ll discover beaches to suit every sort of shore lover, from sporties to spooners and families with kids.

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Take 37 square miles surrounded by brilliant blue Caribbean Sea; add 37 gorgeous beaches, bays and cays, and you’ve got a paradise made for playful water lovers. On this island shared by the Netherlands and France, you’ll discover an extensive menu of water sports and

activities. Go surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, body boarding and stand-up paddle boarding, or try your hand at SupSquatch, a giant inflatable paddleboard suitable for surfing. Soar like Superman on a flyboard, take in the coast from the sky as you parasail, or don a jet pack and try your zooming skills on a hoverboard at Sea Fun St. Maarten. More conventional activities include jetskiing, water-skiing, kayaking and canoeing. And don’t overlook your water babies. The island offers safe, fun


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tour or warm the cockles of your heart with dinner and cocktails on a sunset cruise. Be a crewmember aboard an America’s Cup yacht in the St. Maarten 12 Metre Regatta or sit back in comfort and watch a race at the Heineken Regatta in March.

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Rouge, Little Bay, Cupecoy Beach, Dawn Beach and, perhaps, the best snorkeling spot of all, Creole Rock off the shore of Grand Case.

DAY TRIPS The heart of the Leeward Islands, St. Maarten/St. Martin is surrounded by colorful neighbors; and you can meet them on a day tour. Just a few miles south of St. Maarten is Saba, a haven for travelers looking to get away from hustle and bustle. Anguilla is known for attracting the “rich and famous,” but that doesn’t mean the rest of us will be squeezed out by less-thanreasonable prices. Beaches are pristine, open to the public — and free. Then there’s St. Barths, an alluring tropical retreat with an abundance of sunny beaches and beautiful people. Great Bay Express, a high-speed ferry, offers regular service to most neighboring islands. Don’t overlook the cluster of isles just off the coast of St. Maarten/St. Martin. On uninhabited Tintamarre you may discover the ruins of an airstrip, a small rail track and a cotton plantation. Accessible Baie Blanche boasts a delightful beach for swimming. Snorkeling, meanwhile, is superb just east of Green Cay. Aqua Mania Adventures offers a variety of island hopping and other day trips. You can also sign up for a sailing catamaran, powerboat or sailing cruise at Eagle Tours. Smell that clean sea breeze? What are you waiting for? Hit the water and have some fun. In St. Maarten/St. Martin, wetter is better.

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FOUR DAYS OF FUN AT THE ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA SERIOUS FUN RACING The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta includes four amazing days of world-class racing in idyllic conditions appealing to a broad range of tastes. The event, set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean and powered by the cooling northeast trade winds, includes an experienced, innovative and friendly race team. The professional Race Committee provides custom-tailored racing for the thousands of sailors originating from the 32+ countries that come to race — from Olympic medalists and World Champions sailing maxis and performance multihulls to holiday-makers on chartered bareboats. For the 2019 edition, there will be four days of Serious Racing, counting toward the overall result. Participants will be offered a mixture of races with a combination of windward-leeward and coastal races, blended together into an irresistible cocktail of racing chosen to suit each class. The all-out racing monohulls will savor the prospect of eight races over four days with windwardleeward races on two days and two longer coastal races testing both boat handling and tactics. It’s easy to understand why the regatta attracts a large competitive class of 40-foot and 50-foot cruiser-racers. Non-spinnaker cruising boats are provided more varied courses with less emphasis on tight maneuvers along with strategic opportunities to keep the racing tight. Maxis and multihulls have dedicated race

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areas to stretch their legs, with races suited to their sailing styles: an emphasis on coastal races with fewer windward legs for cruising-style multihulls and longer more challenging races for performance multihulls and maxis. Cruisers wanting to be a part of the regatta get one medium-length race per day with a generous start time and the emphasis on more “Fun” than “Serious.” The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta offers incredible sailing for every type of sailing team!

SERIOUS FUN PARTIES With Heineken as a long-standing sponsor, the event’s shoreside parties are exceptional! With the Regatta Village and Concert Venue centrally located on the beautiful island of St. Maarten, there are fantastic opportunities to experience the legendary nightlife for which the island is famous. Sample the local cuisine offered by several renowned, local restaurants at the Regatta Village before you make your way to the center stage and take in the sweet tunes of international and Caribbean artists. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has a wellearned reputation for hosting amazing artists like Shaggy, the Black Eyed Peas, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, Akon, Wyclef Jean, The Commodores, and Kool and the Gang. Party with an ice-cold Heineken in your hand as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta parties are legendary and make for everlasting memories on the friendly island.


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{by Jeffrey Dollar Laign}

For Land Lovers St. Maarten/St. Martin is packed with landbased activities for everyone to enjoy.

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You won’t want to miss Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten — the hottest attraction in the Caribbean.

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ocated on the historic Emilio Wilson Estate, Rainforest Adventures is an eco-adventure park that offers visitors a unique and memorable experience inspired by the local island culture and its breathtaking natural surroundings. Your adventure starts at the Emilio Wilson Museum, a restored plantation house that dates back to the 1700s. Visitors will see what it was like to live on a plantation and learn all about Trace Wilson, who was born into slavery in 1818, and her direct descendant, Emilio Wilson. For the most stunning island views, head to the top of Sentry Hill, one of St. Maarten’s highest points at 1,125 feet. Walkways and platforms on the mountaintop provide 360degree views. Look around and see if you can spot our friendly

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neighbors: Saba, St. Barths, Statia and Anguilla. The main attraction at Rockland Estate is, of course, The Flying Dutchman, the world’s steepest zip line. Harnessed in a chair, guests are launched down the mountain dropping 1,050 feet in elevation over a 2,800-foot span. It’s the thrill of a lifetime! So amazing, in fact, that The Flying Dutchman received the prestigious 2018 Seatrade Cruise Award for “Innovative Shorex of the Year.” This award recognizes companies or individuals who have introduced the most innovative shore excursion during the past year. Another popular experience is the Sentry Hill Zip Line, which combines mild hiking with a zip line. This is a more traditional zip line with a 500-meter, four-span line that traverses the mountain ridge. The Schooner Ride is also

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a favorite because visitors can speed down the mountain in large inner tubes on a specially designed 657-foot track. Before you leave, check out Rockland Estate’s Gift Shop, where you’ll find unique local treasures and beautiful handcrafted jewelry. After all these thrilling experiences, you’ll probably want to satisfy your appetite. Stop by Emilio’s Restaurant, where you can dine on classic favorites while seated among antique colonial walls in the Old Barn. Q INSIDER TIP Be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to the top of Sentry Hill because you’ll want to snap an Insta-worthy selfie and post it to your social media. #RainforestAdventureSXM


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THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS St. St. Martin Martin Memories: Memories: Create Create Your Your Own Own Perfume Perfume

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Creating Your Own Perfume/Cologne TripAdvisor – Five Star Rating

“Is there a higher rating than 5 stars? This was a highlight of our island tour. An absolute MUST do! MWPyle, Nashville, TN Martha Stewartʼs Real Weddings: Best ways to honeymoon in the Caribbean, April 2015 “Blend your own fragrance at Tijon, a chic boutique perfumery on St. Martin.” “One of the best things I have ever done on vacation. I read about it in the USA Today … Loved every minute.” Jirasela, Howell, MI “More to St. Martin than just the beaches. This is definitely something I will do again.” JDR0421, NYC “Best activity in St. Martin.” Carine R., Toronto, CA

About.com, April 3, 2015 “Tijon is probably the most perfectly located custom made perfume business of them all earning consistent 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor. The hands on approach, where youʼre actually encouraged (and gently guided) into mixing your own stuff, like a mixologist or a perfumer, is where the real difference shows.”

TIJON PERFUMES, COLOGNES & LOTIONS USA Today, March 2015 Tijon: Top 25 “Made in the Caribbean” shops. (The only St. Martin shop on the list) Frommers, 4th Edition “A Special Find. Looking for that certain something you won’t find anywhere else? This boutique parfumerie and skin care manufacturer makes all its wonderfully scented products right here at its headquarters in Grand Case.”

Tijon is located in Grand Case on the corner of the French airport road and the beach road. Showroom hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,with other times available by appointment. Hours may be limited in September and October. FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL: JOHN@TIJON.COM OR CALL +590 690 22 74 70 OR +1 721-581-4586.

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Lucky Stables

St. Maarten/ St. Martin is famous for its beaches, but if you’re more of a landlubber, don’t throw in the towel.

There’s much more to this tropical paradise than sun-soaked shores. Swing a club, lob a tennis ball, ride a bike, go on a hike. Active types will have no trouble enjoying themselves, without ever getting wet. Here are just some of your options.

Hiking With its varied terrain and attractions, the island is a magnet

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for hikers, walkers and runners. Awaiting you are well-marked paths affording stunning views of verdant hills and sandy shores. Circle the island or set your sights on any of several trails leading to Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak), nearly 1,400 feet above sea level.

Horseback Riding Saddling up is one of the best ways to see a different side of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Picture yourself cantering along a foamy coast on the back of a gentle steed, then climbing gradually on a track through gorse and cactus plants until you reach a plateau 400 feet above an ocean teeming with pleasure boats and cruise ships. Discover hidden coves and pristine waterfalls as you’re horsing around. You can even take a “swim” with your new equine pal in the shallow waters off a scenic beach. You can do all of that and more at Lucky Stables in Seaside Nature Park.


CHALLENGE Get your team together to compete in St. Maarten’s very own amazing raceteam as you Get your explore the town of Philipsburg.

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Golf Head for the 18-hole, par-70 Mullet Bay Golf Course. Designed by architect Joseph Lee and sculpted around a tranquil lagoon, the course is the island’s only option for full-play action. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging and fun. Swing away!

Biking If pedaling puts a smile on your face, get ready to grin. This island boasts miles of trails perfect for bikers. Stunning ocean views and spectacular hillside scenery reward those who take on part of or the entire 35-mile-long road that encircles the island. Sign up for a group ride. Coast leisurely through the French flatlands or along seaside trails from Cay Bay to Fort Amsterdam and Mullet Beach. Serious cyclists may want to tackle the Bellevue Trail from Port de Plaisance to Marigot, or tighten their hamstrings on a challenging ride to Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak), the island’s

highest point. If, on the other hand, you’re more in the mood for a relaxing ride, take your two-wheeler to Simpson Bay Lagoon. Hungry for more? TriSport is more than a bike shop. Rent your ride, take a tour or catch an event.

At every stop, you compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, Run fast or take yourand time - it’sonly up to you! when the tasks are SIGN-UP TODAY! completed trisportsxmdo .comyou Tours@trisportsxm.com 721-588-6009 learn your next destination.

Driving From sedans and scooters to motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, you’ll find plenty of pathways to driving fun, on and off the beaten path. Sign up for a Segway excursion on the Dutch side. Rent a car at Dollar Thrifty and tour the island at your own pace. Or bypass the byways and tackle the terrain on all-terrain vehicle at Johnny’s Scooter Rental.

Soccer Um … we mean football. Both Dutch and French sides of the island support national football (soccer) teams that compete in cups sponsored by CONCACAF

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(Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). Catch a match and cheer along with locals.

Tennis Several resorts on the island maintain quality courts. The American Tennis Academy, on the French side, is open daily, features two lighted courts, and offers structured programs, lessons, clinics and rentals for juniors and adults of every skill level.

Tours Get fast and furious (in a nature-loving way) at Rainforest Adventures at Rockland Estate, a park dedicated to environmental preservation. Glide to St. Maarten’s highest point on the Sky Explorer, then go flying back down the mountain on the world’s

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NATURAL SPLENDORS by ILJA BOTHA

From left: Jorge Ramirez, Courtesy of Seagrape Tours

DISCOVER THE MANY NATURAL TREASURES ON THIS ISLAND, INCLUDING UNIQUE FLORA AND FAUNA.

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steepest zip line, The Flying Dutchman. Re-ascend and take the Sentry Hill Zip Line over the mountain ridge, enjoying stunning views of

settle back and savor a sip (or several!) on a tour of Topper’s Rhum Distillery. If you’re looking for a unique island experience, visit

beautiful St. Maarten. Then your top-to-bottom tour finishes with the Schooner Ride, sending you surfing down the mountain in an inner tube. A bit more sedate but no less captivating are the educational nature, history and culture excursions from Seagrape Tours. Or simply

Tijon Parfumerie, where you can blend your own scents and take home a mix of balmy breezes, exotic flowers and earthy fragrances. These options should be enough to keep you busy — for today. Just don’t wear yourself out. There’s always tomorrow — and the sunny day sure to follow.

f you’ve visited even one of the 37 spectacular beaches on St. Maarten/ St. Martin, you know this popular holiday destination well deserves its reputation as an island rich in natural beauty. But this Dutch-French jewel of the Caribbean offers more than sandy shores, so be sure to get out and explore your surroundings. Beyond the beaches are wetlands, forested hills, rugged coastline and vibrant flora and fauna. You’ll see tree lizards scurrying about if you follow any of 12 hiking trails crisscrossing the hills. Birds twitter, butterflies flutter and the views of the ocean through the trees are amazing. Speaking of views, set your sights on forested Pic Paradis, the island’s highest hill. Pick up a trail map — or zipline down its slope — at Loterie Farm. For a guided hike, contact Seagrape Tours. But wait, there’s more! After the hike, Seagrape will take you snorkeling to see the colorful marine life. If you’re more into feathers than fish, Seagrape also offers an

informative Birding Tour. The island as well boasts about a dozen wetlands teeming with wildlife. Mangroves are home to crabs, egrets and iguanas; freshwater ponds beckon to ducks and herons; and salt marshes provide a haven for migratory birds. Take a guided kayak tour with TriSport and build up your paddling stamina to support local conservation efforts. EPIC (Environmental Protection in the Caribbean) sponsors fund-raising kayak treks through the mangroves. Despite its abundance of sparkling beaches, not all of the island’s shores are sandy. The stretches of rugged, pristine coastline on the Atlantic side are impressive. Coastal hiking here will introduce you to a wide variety of plants and shrubs, including the Pope’s Head Cactus, with its bright red “cap.” TriSport will take you on a guided coastal hike from Guana Bay to Pointe Blanche. Along the way, you’re apt to encounter more goats than folks. Or let Seagrape show you Sentier des Froussards, a coastal hiking trail protected by the Réserve Naturelle de St. Martin. Expect to enjoy wild tropical plants and flowers as you hike from Anse Marcel around the northern tip of the island. VISITSTMAARTEN.COM

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{by Alita Singh}

JUST FOR KIDS … … and grown-ups young at heart!

A family vacation is all about making memories to last a lifetime and strengthening bonds among parents, children and siblings.

St. Maarten/St. Martin is just the destination for that. The island abounds with sights and activities to fill each day with wonder, laughter and fun. Families have flocked to these shores for many years. This 37-square-mile island is a favorite destination for multiple generations of families. That’s because there are attractions to suit every member of the family, including the littlest ones. Most resorts offer activities to keep the children busy on property, but it’s also worth heading out and exploring. Here are a few places to visit that will delight children — and every other family member.

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Rainforest Adventures. This is the height of an adrenaline rush! Look down on the island from up above on the Sky Explorer, a chairlift that heads to the highest point on the Dutch side, Sentry Hill. Head back down The Schooner, a fast tube ride. Get back on the lift to the Sentry Hill Zip Line. The ultimate challenge is The Flying Dutchman, the steepest zip line in the world. Sand Dollar Adventure. The tour boat departs for fun-filled half-day trips to Creole Rock on the French side for snorkeling and sightseeing. Your captain will point out all the best snorkeling spots. You’ll also enjoy sightseeing along the coast. Carousel Gelateria. Treat yourself to rich, sweet ice cream — Italian style. Then take a ride on a hobbyhorse at the carousel. Legend has it that carousels were invented to train knights for battle. Today, riding the island carousel brings smiles to every child. It is even more of a treat when it’s a vintage carousel from Venice.


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creatures. They can all be spotted in their natural habitats.

ming platform. Sea Fun Water Sports is also on location

St. Maarten Marine Park.

offering tubing, jet-skiing and

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waters and coastline on the

Le Galion Beach. Every beach on the island has a unique feel and character. The most popular beach for tykes is Le Galion Beach. It is favored for its shallow wading waters and calmness. Pack a picnic basket and blanket to make

Dutch side of the island. It is a sanctuary for wildlife on land and sea. With 28 dive sites, including Molly Beday and Hens and Chicks, there’s so much to dive into and encounter under the waves. If you are lucky, you may spot some migrating whales!

Seaside Nature Park. Horse

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stables, kayaks, trails, a

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playground and a petting zoo await at Seaside Nature Park

ultimate in adventure. Fly

in Cay Bay. The park spans 30 acres of a former plantation.

on the popular Fly Zone for an exhilarating rush. Conquer

Nature-loving children will find a lot to discover here. It’s the perfect place for horseback riding or launching a kayak.

the hillside with a hike to the highest point on the island: Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak). You’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Marigot and Anguilla.

Seagrape Tours. Delve into the island’s nature, history and art with a host of offthe-beaten-track tours.

through and above the trees

Buccaneer Beach Bar. One of the best places to wind down the week, Buccaneer Beach

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{by Alita Singh and Jeffrey Dollar Laign}

SHOPPING IN STYLE St. Maarten/St. Martin is a retail paradise, where you will find everything from designer jewelry, classic timepieces and trendy clothing to fine liquor and locally made crafts.

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That’s because the island has been a duty-free port for generations, offering deep discounts on highend electronics, designer jewelry and everything in between. Trading has shaped the island’s history and culture since 17th-century European settlement, when sugar and coffee were routinely exported from plantations that dotted the hilly landscape. Islanders had always realized the importance of commerce to their economy. It was in the 1930s that the destination became a duty-free port. Neither Dutch nor French authorities levy customs duties. This has resulted in hard-to-beat prices for everything under the sun.

Shops are much more plentiful on Dutch St. Maarten, but you’ll find chic boutiques and unique gifts if you cross over to French St. Martin.

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Shopping is a huge draw for visitors to St. Maarten/ St. Martin.

TREAT YOUR TABLE  Landmark Linen Galore sets the mood with style. No need to bother Martha Stewart. Just ask your guests. They’ll tell you that the perfect dinner party involves more than good cooking. Ambience is just as important. In other words, a table decked out in style sets the mood for food and an elegant evening everyone will long remember. If you’re a gracious host vacationing in St. Maarten/ St. Martin, you’ll want to visit a boutique on Front Street that’s a linen lover’s dream. For more than 30 years,

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Linen Galore has drawn new and repeat patrons looking to top their tables with only the best. The landmark store next to Holland House offers the island’s largest assortment of hand-embroidered table linens and accessories. Linen Galore specializes in crochet lace, Belgian tapestries, Cluny lace, appliqué, embroidery and cutwork in linen, cotton, polycotton, polyester, stainresistant and no-iron products. Choose from an array of tablecloths, runners, napkins and toppers. It’s a veritable treasure house of one-of-akind pieces from Europe, Asia and South America. Once you see your beautifully bedecked table back home, you’ll want to invite all

your family and friends over, prepare a delectable meal and enjoy pleasant conversation. But it’s not just the quality of products that keeps customers coming to Linen Galore again and again. It’s the friendly Hemrajani family that owns and operates the place. Nanik “Nick” Hemrajani and son Rishi will make you feel a part of their family the minute you walk through the door. “Nick, the owner, is so very friendly and helpful,” as one recent customer put it. “The staff is very willing to help find exactly what you are looking for.” Why not see for yourself? Stop by Linen Galore and let the Hemrajani family top your table in style. Your dinner guests will thank you.


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Philipsburg Philipsburg, the capital of St. Maarten, has the charm of a picturesque island town; but the high-end shops that line its main thoroughfares — Front Street and Back Street — lend it an air of sophistication. This is an ideal location to purchase the perfect gift to mark a special occasion — whether it’s an anniversary, a milestone birthday or to pop the question. You’re sure to find plenty of fine jewelry, designer timepieces and more. Walking

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through the town is like going on a treasure hunt and coming away with way more discoveries than you could ever imagine. Philipsburg is the best place in the Caribbean to get GIA-certified diamonds and gemstones, loose or showcased in amazing settings. You’ll also find top jewelry and timepieces at Diamonds International, Little Switzerland, Royal Caribbean, Artistic Jewelers/Art of Time, Caribbean Gems,


ART OF ISLAND WEAR  Front Street in Philipsburg racks up cool, casual clothes for the tropical lifestyle. From cool crews and vibrant V-necks to designer-brand polos and board shorts perfect for a city stroll or a day at the shore, St. Maarten/St. Martin boutiques offer casual looks for men who appreciate fashion but not the fuss. If you’re into the Tommy Bahama vibe, check out Pacific Avenue. Besides designer duds, you’ll find attire that will put you in that laid-back mood you’re looking for in an island getaway. Guy Harvey has a well-known line of clothing and accessories, including fishing shirts and T-shirts with marine life scenes.

The Robert Graham lifestyle brand offers stylish collections that are unique and luxurious. Opened in 1993, the JL store, formerly a Polo Ralph Lauren boutique, has now seen the addition of top Italian designer Giorgio Armani. The store carries a large selection of designer clothing for men, women and children. You’ll also enjoy a good selection at Lacoste Philipsburg. Founded in selection at Lacoste Philipsburg. Founded in 1933 by French tennis players René Lacoste and André Gillier, Lacoste features clothing that looks as good as it feels. Whether you’re a rugged individual, a laid-back dude or someone who likes to make a statement with a signature look that stands out from the crowd, the shops in St. Maarten/ St. Martin are the ideal place to outfit yourself in style.

Pacific Avenue

Something trendy for everyone!

PACIFIC AVENUE

Front Street 14 Philipsburg Tel: +1 721 543-0433

Quality and Service Brands such as Tommy Bahama, Nat Nast, Au Noir and Lilly Pullitzer

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Linen Galore

Zhaveri Jewelers, Jewels by Love (with another store in Marigot), Effy Jewelers and Ballerina Jewelers. Many of the latest models in electronics are often released here first. Boolchand’s, a renowned name throughout the Caribbean that carries the most extensive line of phones, home entertainment systems and more, also has an exclusive Pandora store on Front Street. For a classy table spread, head to Linen Galore. The store is stocked with linen tablecloths, napkins and more from floor to ceiling. All patterns and color combinations are available for every season and décor. Swimwear and slippers are Caribbean wardrobe staples. Endless Summer always has the latest designs right off the catwalk. Couple your new beachwear with slippers or sandals from Flip Flop Shops, now located in the Speetjens Arcade between Front Street and the Boardwalk. If you’re looking for trendy clothing, raid the racks at ready-to-wear boutique Pacific Avenue or JL. For a locally made souvenir, pick up a bottle (or two) of Guavaberry Liqueur, the island’s signature spirit. The Dutch are known for their love of cheese. Go for some Gouda at Amsterdam Cheese and Liquor Store, where you’ll find an extensive line of fragrant cheeses, as well as island-made jams. The store also has a wellstocked liquor section, as do several of the stores along Front Street.

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Investing in priceless heirlooms is child's play... at Jewels by Love

We proudly announce the opening of a world-class Patek Philippe Boutique at our watch and jewelry salon on 69B Front Street, Philipsburg. Patek Philippe watches have rightfully earned an unrivalled reputation and are widely considered the finest, most investable timepieces in the world. Over the past 175 years Patek Philippe has come to represent all that is best in the world of fine watchmaking. This position is owed to the quality and beauty of their timepieces. But it also reflects the “Patek Philippe Spirit”. A culture embodied in ten core values that the company has upheld faithfully and passionately since 1839:

Many famous people have chosen Patek Philippe to keep the time of their lives. This notable list includes a plethora of leaders in their respective fields: Tsar Alexander, Queen Victoria, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, John F. Kennedy, Madame Marie Curie, Leo Tolstoy, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul McCartney, Duke Ellington, Dalai Lama... the list is endless!

Independence

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Auction results are witness to the fact that Patek Philippe watches not only retain their worth but often appreciate in value, frequently setting new world records, in virtually every category of watchmaking. Some examples of such world record breakers read as follow (approx. prices in US$):

Innovation

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Always living by the ideals that built their reputation

• Time only watch, sold in 2016 – US$ 1,445,000 • Time only observatory wristwatch, sold in 2012 – US$ 3,990,620 • Nautilus Automatic wristwatch, sold in 2013 – US$ 821,370 • Chronograph, sold in 2004 – US$ 2,203,500 • Chronograph wristwatch, sold in 2015 – US$ 4,987,383 • Perpetual Calendar, sold in 2008 – US$ 4,137,000 • Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, sold in 2010 – US$ 6,259,000 • World Time in platinum, sold in 2002 - US$ 4,026,500 • Split Seconds Chronograph in yellow gold, sold in 2014 – US$ 2,965,000 • Monopusher Split Seconds Chronograph, sold in 2015 – US$ 3,280,000 • Perpetual Calendar Chronograph sold in November, 2016 - US$ 11.1 million! A World Record for any wristwatch ever sold! (original price in 1943 - US$ 2,265) • Henry Graves Super Complication pocket watch, sold in 2014 – US$ 24 million! A World Record for any timepiece ever sold!

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ART OF TIME Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date 40 artoftimejewelers.com LITTLE SWITZERLAND Tiffany & Co., Tiffany T Hinged Wrap Bracelet littleswitzerland.com

JEWELS BY LOVE A. Lange & Söhne jewelsbylove.com

DELIGHTFULLY

Duty-Free BOOLCHAND'S PANDORA St. Maarten Charm boolchand.com

LITTLE SWITZERLAND Tiffany & Co., Tiffany Keys Collection Sterling Silver Necklace littleswitzerland.com

Accessorize your wardrobe with these beautiful timepieces and unique jewelry.

EFFY Multi-Color Sapphire and Diamond Earrings and Ring effyjewelry.com

ROYAL CARIBBEAN JEWELERS Halo design pear-shaped solitaire diamond ring

JEWELS & LINENS Morganite and Diamond Ring

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BALLERINA Fendi ISHINE Caribbean Edition ballerina-jewelers.com


DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Safi Kilima Tanzanite 50th Anniversary Collection diamondsinternational.com

DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Bvlgari B.zero1 diamondsinternational.com

JEWELS BY LOVE NOMOS Watch jewelsbylove.com DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Crown of Light Ring Crown Brilliant Collection diamondsinternational.com JEWELS & LINENS Natural Canary Diamonds selection

BALLERINA The Guardian 41.5mm Shinola Watch ballerina-jewelers.com BALLERINA Le Vian Chocolate Diamond and Ceylon Sapphire Ring ballerina-jewelers.com

BALLERINA Tacori RoyalT Engagement Rings ballerina-jewelers.com

ART OF TIME Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer artoftimejewelers.com

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CELEBRATING 39 YEARS

oyal Caribbean Jewelers, located in downtown Philipsburg, welcomes guests from all over the world to the friendly island of St. Maarten. The store offers a relaxed, family atmosphere. Having been on the island for the past 39 years and with extensive jewelry experience, they are able to carefully select high quality, trending jewelry designs and offer them at the lowest prices. You’ll find a great selection of jewelry and quality pieces that you will not see back home for low discounted prices. St. Maarten is truly a tax and duty-free destination unlike other islands who have their taxes built into their products. The store offers diamonds

and fine diamond jewelry in all different shapes and sizes. Each jewelry piece purchased comes with a guarantee and its evaluation papers — plus, the savings and deals at Royal Caribbean Jewelers are a great advantage for everyone! In addition to diamond jewelry, they also carry a wide range of silver and Larimar jewelry. Larimar is unique to the Caribbean because of its magnificent turquoise blue colors. Royal Caribbean Jewelers truly has something for everyone, in all price ranges. Deepak, the owner, is confident that they will find you a great deal! Visit Royal Caribbean Jewelers, the best place to buy your jewelry in St. Maarten.

The best place to buy your jewelry in St. Maarten

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Simpson Bay & Cole Bay

Once a thriving fishing village, Simpson Bay is now a hot spot for shopping, dining and entertainment. Lined by a long stretch of sandy white beach, this is the place to seek out beachwear and apparel, as well as unique gifts. Many of the restaurants in Simpson Bay have attached boutiques carrying themed clothing and one-of-a-kind

souvenirs. Fine wines, liquors and cigars are readily found along this bustling strip. Finding locally made rums is also a cinch in this locale — and it’s never difficult to locate a bank or ATM. Need sunscreen or other sundries? You’ll find them at Simpson Bay Pharmacy. Voted best pharmacy in St. Maarten, they carry an

international assortment of medicines, cosmetics and personal care products. Cole Bay has been growing exponentially in recent years. Here you’ll find family-owned Fayad's Fruits & Vegetables, a favorite provisioner of yachters and restaurants. For locally made skin care products and fragrances, visit St. Maarten

Nectar. Their popular mosquito repellents and sunscreen are made with natural ingredients and can be found throughout the island at a kiosk in Philipsburg (when cruise ships are in port), at their headquarters in Cole Bay, at a boutique in Marigot, and at the Hair Salon & Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort.

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NATURALLY MADE  Nalia Muriel is passionate about creating all-natural skin care products and fragrances. Originally from Spain, Nalia Muriel was working in Holland and had learned to speak Dutch. But she also wanted to learn French, so she decided to spend a summer in St. Maarten/ St. Martin learning the language. She fell in love with the island and made this her home. “After 15 years, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be,” she says. During this time, she turned her passion for nature and skin care into a successful business. St. Maarten Nectar started in Muriel’s Simpson Bay kitchen, where she would create her own skin care products to treat her sensitive skin. “Industrialmade products contain a lot of chemicals, fragrances, preservatives and additives,” she says. “When you make your own fresh creams, you are left with a very pure result that contains nothing but the ‘good stuff.’” She started by making body moisturizers and facial products, but the first product she sold was Bug O%, a 100 percent natural mosquito repellent. Today, St. Maarten Nectar sells facial cream, antiaging treatment, sunscreen, soap, hair products, baby moisturizer, a brand-new deodorant and more. Their products are sold locally and shipped worldwide daily. The St. Maarten Nectar Hair Salon & Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort offers various services, such as facials, massages, waxing and hair treatments, using only St. Maarten Nectar products.

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When she’s not concocting a new product, Muriel enjoys spending time with her “better half” and their 3-year-old little girl. We sat down with Muriel to find out a little more about her business and her love for her island home. What makes your products stand out from the rest?  They are vegan, natural and made only with plant-based ingredients. Our creams have five to eight ingredients because they only have what they need. We don’t dilute or stretch the oils or butters, and it shows. What’s your best-selling product? They all do well, but Bug O% is widely sold throughout the Caribbean in pharmacies and hotels, and our Roucou Body & Hair Oil is a total superstar. Who has been the biggest source of inspiration in your life? My dad, for not seeing the limits; my better half, who’s always supported me and whom I learn so much from every day; and my aunt, who is my role model. What’s your favorite local hangout? Breakfast at Enoch’s Place, Top Carrot is always a great place for lunch, and dinner at Sol e Luna. Name some hidden gems that visitors should check out. Lolo’s in Grand Case is a must. Don’t miss Fort Willem and Fort Louis. For adventurers, our island has many hiking trails that are breathtaking; and a horse ride or simple visit to Lucky Stables in Cay Bay is very surprising. What would most people be surprised to learn about you?  That I’m very shy and I love to sing.

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Fayad’s Fayad’s Fruits Fruits && Vegetables Vegetables is is committed committed to to supply supply produce produce of of the the highest highest quality quality standards. standards. With With aa fulltime fulltime product product technologist technologist and and the the high high quality quality standards standards of of HACCP HACCP Simply Simply FAYADS FAYADS is is able able to to deliver deliver aa safe safe fresh fresh supply supply of of produce produce to to their their customer customer all all the the time, time, every every time. time.

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Maho

Maho, a short distance from Princess Juliana International Airport, has been called “a destination within a destination” for good reason. With shopping, dining and nightlife options, you can easily spend an entire day here. The area has grown up around several resorts, including the all-inclusive Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino and the uber-luxurious Sonesta Ocean Point. You’ll find alluring shops with stunning jewelry, designer clothing, whimsical accessories and more. Start the day off at Maho Beach and experience the jet blast. This is a must-do St. Maarten activity. If, by chance, you need new swimwear for the beach, head to one of the nearby shops and pick up a new one. Maho is also a great place to shop for jewelry and other fun stuff later in the evening. Shops in the main areas of Philipsburg and Marigot usually close at 6 p.m., but Maho continues the shopping experience after that to give you the opportunity to purchase that perfect item to make your trip here memorable. Jewels & Linens offers one-stop shopping with a wide selection of fine jewelry, timepieces, Cuban cigars, liquor, souvenirs, beach items and designer sunglasses. Maho Pharmacy is open daily, and, aside from medicines, it’s an excellent place to pick up St. Maarten–made products. Wishing on a star won’t get you far, at least not far enough to fill a shopping bag with treasures to take back home. St. Maarten/St. Martin is an island of discounts, deals and memories to last a lifetime. Get out there and grab some yourself!

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MADE IN SXM  Local products make great souvenirs. What better way to remember your time in St. Maarten/ St. Martin than by bringing home something made on the island? A bit of the island’s culture, heritage and creativity, for example, has been bottled in the national spirit, Guavaberry Liqueur. It’s made from berries found high on the rolling green hillsides. They are hand harvested and distilled in a process dating

to the days of the first settlers. This was a traditional Christmastime drink to share with family and friends. You can get a bottle to celebrate your slice of island life from the Guavaberry Emporium on Front Street. Topper’s Rhum also captures the spirit of St. Maarten/ St. Martin. The rums are handcrafted right here and include blends with yummy flavors such as Mocha Mama, Spiced, Coconut and Caribbean White. Indulge in all flavors by visiting the Topper’s Rhum Distillery. Imagine combining the essence of the balmy breezes, the earthiness of hills and the fragrances of exotic flowers. Pick up a bottle of island aromas at Tijon Parfumerie

in Grand Case. You can even come up with your own fragrance. Classes are available to help you along the way. St. Maarten/St. Martin also has its own line of hand-rolled cigars. Andi Siegers of DAS Cigars personally selects the best tobacco leaves to use in his cigars. Each cigar is a well-crafted masterpiece. For added zest, Siegers has flavored cigars and some that appeal particularly to women. And then there’s beer. Pelikaan Beer is a new microbrew craft beer made in St. Maarten. “A country isn’t a real country until it has its own beer,” says brewer Stephen Winkel. Pelikaan comes in several varieties: Mullet Bay, Soualiga, Mont Careta and Irma, which packs a punch like its namesake hurricane. Grab a bottle at select bars, restaurants and supermarkets. Designers also find inspiration on this sun-kissed isle in the Caribbean Sea. Jolie Duzon is an exclusive clothing brand targeting young and hip career women. The brand incorporates elements of the relaxed Caribbean vibe with components of the “fierce and strong personality of women.” Duzon hand-paints her fabrics to craft her bold statementpiece clutches and handbags. Get that coveted island glow and keep it with a St. Maarten– made natural line of skincare products and fragrances from St. Maarten Nectar. VISITSTMAARTEN.COM

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St. Maarten/St. Martin is not just a vacation spot to rejuvenate body and mind.

This half-Dutch, half-French island is the gateway to a world of flavors sure to please your palate. With hundreds of restaurants featuring meltingpot menus and innovative entrees, St. Maarten/

St. Martin lives up to its reputation as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.” Across 37 square miles of rolling emerald hills and sun-kissed sandy shores, restaurants, cafés

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who have come here from around the world. French food is ubiquitous — the best this side of the Champs-Élysées — and artisanal Dutch cheeses are savory delights. Also delicious are dishes influenced by the cuisines of such diverse nations as Germany, Philippines, Japan, Italy, China, Suriname, Jamaica, Thailand, Peru and the Middle East. There’s also sushi, barbecue, American comfort classics and more. And fine restaurants carry an extensive assortment of wines and Champagne to complement their culinary offerings. At Emilio’s in Dutch Cul de Sac, for instance, you can start by sampling from a mouthwatering selection of tapas, including charred Spanish octopus. Then move on to a succulent entree like seared sea scallops with leek-butternut risotto.

by ALITA SINGH

HISTORY ON YOUR PLATE CELEBRATE EMILIO’S HERITAGE WITH FINE DINING.

When you dine at Emilio’s Restaurant in St. Maarten, you’re savoring history as well as gourmet fare. The restaurant, which opened in 2017, is housed in a 17th-century boiler house on Rockland Estate and named after Emilio Wilson, who once owned the former plantation. Norman and Su Wathey, who also own Taloula Mango’s restaurant in Philipsburg, restored the structure and converted it into a restaurant. “We wanted to create more than a restaurant,” says Norman. “The history that is here needed to be honored and preserved.” Su plates up history with a storied menu. You’ll find, for example, the Emilio Wilson Plate, a combo of coal pot–fried snapper, johnnycake, rice and beans, and coleslaw. There’s also the Big Mamie, a burger in honor of Wilson’s grandmother, who toiled as a slave on the plantation her grandson later bought.

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Along with Executive Chef Dino Jagtiani, the Watheys have been instrumental in attracting guest chefs with ancestral links to the island for exclusive one-night-only dinners. “These nights have brought so many of us together,” says Norman. “We realized that passion for food, good food, has always been a part of us.” The Watheys consider Emilio’s their “magnum opus.” They’re always adding to the artifacts found throughout the dining space, and they have restored the original root cellar and transformed it into a wine cellar and private dining room. Award-winning bartender Paul Peterson oversees the restaurant’s extensive wine and spirits collection. “We are a family here,” Norman says. “ Our St. Maarten roots are strong and getting stronger. When you come to visit us, we want you to walk away feeling, and not just knowing, our history. That is why our tagline is ‘Emilio’s … dine with history.’”

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and bars reflect the cultural tastes of the settlers


Located within Rockland Estate, a historical heritage site, Emilio’s is The Island’s newest and finest dining experience. Showcasing the culinary creations of Chef Dino of Temptation fame, serving lunch classics such as salads, gourmet burgers and some surprising takes on both traditional island dishes as well as gourmet flat bread pizza only as Dino can make. By night Emilio’s is a fine dining experience offering a blend of Dino’s Temptation favorites and delightful new culinary creations, innovative cocktails, and the Dutch side’s largest wine collection, guaranteed to make Emilio’s a most memorable culinary experience.

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Fruits & Vegetables. They have mastered their culinary craft at top culinary institutes in Europe and the United States, and honed their skills in some of the world’s finest restaurants. When it comes to standout global cuisine, this island doesn’t disappoint. On the following pages, we take you on a tour of some of the best dining experiences.

turn again and again for all it has to offer. Ocean Lounge at Holland House Beach Hotel offers sophisticated beachfront dining with an eclectic menu influenced by the flavors of Europe and the Caribbean. Start your day with the tasty breakfast buffet, enjoy a la carte lunch options and round it off with delicious dinner

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FOOD, SPIRITS AND NIGHTLIFE  DELICIOUS DELIGHTS options that blend the tastes of the old world and new. Taloula Mango’s Caribbean Cafe is a St. Maarten institution on the Boardwalk. The cuisine is built on Caribbean themes with an American sizzle, from juicy burgers to grilled steaks. Along the Boardwalk on Great Bay Beach, Nazca Peruvian Bar & Restaurant brings ancient Inca tastes to the modern world. Start with a Pisco Sour, Peru’s signature cocktail, and then move on to authentic Andes dishes. Shieka’s Bistro, located on

Ocean Lounge at Holland House Beach Hotel

For authentic, home-style cooking with a healthful kick, Shieka's Bistro is the spot to choose every time. Located in downtown Philipsburg, Sheika's offers a friendly and fun spot to grab breakfast and lunch. The menu at Shieka’s is full of healthy, local favorites that include your choice of a protein and a veggie, and there are several vegetarian options as well. Most lunch plates include rice and peas, and for a drink you can hit up the bar, or order a blended fruit and veggie drink.

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Back Street, serves up classic island treats alongside several vegetarian favorites. L’Escargot Restaurant, in an old Creole house on Front Street, is home to fine French cuisine, including, of course, snails bathed in garlic butter. And Coffee Lounge serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a great cup of java.


St. Maarten/ St. Martin didn’t compete in 2018, as the focus was on rebuilding the island after Hurricane Irma. Now all eyes are on the 2019 cook-off, and if history is an indicator, they will once again enjoy the sweet taste of triumph.

Courtesy of Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (2)

Caribbean National Team of the Year — Silver

Caribbean Bartender Chef of the Year — Gold

by ALITA SINGH

THE TASTE OF TRIUMPH  Award-winning chefs turn the culinary spotlight on St. Maarten/ St. Martin. Over the years, the island’s top chefs and bartenders have taken the Caribbean Hotel Association’s annual Taste of

the Caribbean culinary competition by storm. The culinary team, sponsored by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, had a banner year in 2017. Captained by Chef Renata de Weever of Emilio’s Restaurant, the local team brought home nine medals for taste and creativity, including team silver in the Caribbean National Team Competition. Paul Peterson — Caribbean

Bartender of the Year in 2006 and 2009 — again brought home gold in 2017 for best nonalcoholic drink and best bartender. And in the Caribbean Chef of the Year competition, Chef Dino Jagtiani, also of Emilio’s, won silver. Chef Justin Assendelft (Holland House Beach Hotel) won bronze for his seafood creation. The chocolate alchemy of Party Chef Ronald Estephane (Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino) earned him a silver

medal in the chocolate competition. He also won silver for his cheesecake in the dessert competition and bronze in the overall pastry competition. Rising Chef Suzirea “Suzzy” Adoptie (National Institute for Professional Advancement) won gold for her beef dish. Chef Peter Holstein (then of Rum and Peas/Canoa Restaurant) won silver in this category. Adoptie also won her silver medal in the Junior Chef Competition, her second consecutive win. St. Maarten/St. Martin didn’t compete in 2018, as the focus was on rebuilding the island after Hurricane Irma. Now all eyes are on the 2019 cook-off, and if history is an indicator, they will once again enjoy the sweet taste of triumph. VISITSTMAARTEN.COM

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Simpson Bay & Cole Bay

This stretch along the southern coast has a lot to offer foodies. Restaurants, cafés and bars are spread across an expanse surrounding the Caribbean’s largest inland lagoon. Taste and flavor come from every corner of the world and contribute to the island’s culinary character. Buccaneer Beach Bar is a lively

spot for music, enjoying the beach and, of course, food. Satisfy your appetite with fire-grilled burgers, hot dogs, oven-baked pizzas and steaks. Karakter Beach Bar & Restaurant is well known for the live music that complements its menu offerings. This is the perfect spot for dining and lounging on the beach.


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Try the curried shrimp soup at La Vista’s The Hideaway Restaurant. But that’s not the only dish worth trying — there’s a list of tasty a la carte options, too. Enjoy fresh salads, sandwiches, seafood and more at Dinghy Dock. Sale & Pepe, a popular Sicilian Italian restaurant, combines homemade pasta with delicious sauces, cheeses, meats and fresh seafood. Topper’s Restaurant & Bar is an international eatery in a Caribbeanstyle cottage. Add some zest to your meal with a shot of Topper’s Gourmet Rhum. Got a yen for Middle Eastern delights? Beirut Restaurant in Simpson Bay satisfies with a full range of Lebanese favorites. Try the lentil soup, Caribbean lobster and lamb kebobs. Jimbo’s Restaurant blends the flavors of the Caribbean and Mexico, and boasts an extensive selection of refreshing tropical cocktails. Or go for a fresh fruit blend at Top Carrot Restaurant. At this vegetarian-friendly restaurant, you’ll find a large array of healthy, fresh and flavorful

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offerings, as well as a gift shop. Healthy offerings are also showcased at Gigi’s Organic Food and Drinks. A basket of pastries adorns every dining table at Zee Best. Enjoy freshly prepared artisanal French pastries, mouthwatering crepes, omelets, coffee, juices and more. Located on the lagoon in Simpson Bay, SkipJack’s offers a unique waterfront dining ambience with spectacular views.

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Known for its seafood, you’ll find live Maine and Caribbean lobsters, as well as a fish market. There are also great choices for meat eaters, vegetarians and those craving delicious desserts. Top off the evening with fun and frozen Italian treats at Carousel Gelateria. Grownups can enjoy authentic gelato and espresso while children spin round and round on a fun carousel.

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It’s been 30 years since Jimbo arrived on the shores of St. Maarten and a year later opened his first restaurant in Grand Case on St. Martin's Day. He's survived many hurricanes and, most recently, reopened Jimbo’s five months after Irma. We caught up with Jimbo on his busy schedule for a fun and candid conversation.

Well, where do we begin? I guess what everybody asks, where do you hail from? You’re right, and I love to tell people, too — it’s a small world, and you never know when you’re gonna make a connection. Well, I was born in St. Louis, raised in Michigan, and moved here from New York City. Have you always been in the restaurant business? Not exactly — from the time I was a kid, I wanted to be an actor…well, not exactly an actor — a movie star like Errol Flynn. I moved to DC and worked in the House of Representatives in ’70 and ’71, then New York, where I did some soaps at CBS, off-off Broadway, worked as an art dealer, in the garment district, a roofer, a bartender, a waiter, a temp, and then started writing plays… came to St. Maarten on vacation and that was it. So, you came here and wrote plays? Never wrote another word. Met a beautiful French Gypsy named Lolo, fell in love and opened our first restaurant together on St. Martin’s Day, November 11, 1990. Jimbo’s? It was called Jimbololo…and we were next to the Lolos in Grand Case, so the name was perfect! Not to get personal, but where… Is Lolo? Hard to work together as a couple — she moved back to France — we are still and will always be very close. So you changed the name to Jimbo’s when she left? (Smiling) No. In those days (before Hurricane Luis), St. Martin was like the Wild West — we opened that restaurant without any legal papers — almost impossible to get. We couldn’t even open a bank account — we had to stuff our cash inside album covers, coffee cans, and frozen chicken boxes in the freezer. Those were the days … Sounds like it … We had so much fun and were packed every night — it was hot; we played loud, rock and roll and our clientele was loud too … unfortunately, the town signed a petition against us for noise … Lolo and I fought it in Guadalupe courts a few times — the Gendarmes shut us down a few times, but we always reopened. Wow, wasn’t that risky? Well, yeah, but by the time the French Gendarmes came to close us, I had all my papers in order.

How’d you do that? Had the lease for Waikiki on Orient Beach back in ’92. The developers had clout and got me legal very quickly — I changed the name of Jimbololo to Jimbo’s and got it legal, too, so when they came to shut Jimbololo down for good … voilà! They came to shut you down? Oh yeah — there were about a dozen Gendarmes, dressed in camouflage and wielding AK-47s … I was standing on the beach with friends when they came running toward us from both directions … a friend started screaming … I told her that it was OK — that they must be looking for a criminal, but we’re safe because they’re here. They waived their guns at us, saying “get inside”! As I walked into Jimbo’s, I saw the Captain dressed in blue at the other entrance, my clientele was totally silent, still and petrified, the music turned off … at that moment, I realized they were there for me; I was the “criminal.” What a story! There were dogs in the kitchen, sniffing our Mexican food … luckily, I had all my papers in order … they couldn’t believe they were real and held them up to the light, one by one … and finally had to leave. We turned up the music, and shots of tequila were served all round. Sounds like a movie! A year later, Hurricane Luis destroyed all of it within a few hours — we were right on the beach, so with the pounding of the sea and super strong wind, there was no way it could have survived. You lost it all. No, I recovered a bottle of Jägermeister floating in the middle of where the bar used to be … Aha. Then you moved to Simpson Bay? Actually eight years later. Waited for the insurance … was offered $3,500, so naturally, I contested — in the meantime, I shipped my Harley to the US and rode 9,000 miles, ending up at my folks’ house in Flint, MI. The next year I went sailing on a famous 80-ft. “Maxi” sailboat called Kialoa V — sailed to England, flew back … You really should write a book… (Chuckles) Everybody’s got a book in them. Three years later I took the $3,500 and had to start all over again … managed Reggae Café, worked with Conan at the Greenhouse as manager before opening Jimbo’s here in Simpson Bay in 2003. So Jimbo, why don’t we talk about the restaurant a little bit? Love to. Well we’ve never stopped developing

the freshness and enhancing our flavors. We import the peppers we need for authentic Tex/ Mex from New Mexico, as dried chili pods, and that’s made a very tasty difference — we make our own “Jimbo’s Island Fire” hot sauce with Habaneros and flavor numerous delicious items on our menu with Chipotles … and I should mention that Jimbo’s has been voted #1 Mexican restaurant 12 years in a row! Congratulations! Our research says that you were also voted “Restaurateur of the Year” by the SHTA, St. Maarten’s restaurant and hotel association. Yes, a real honor. Honestly, I give so much of the credit to an incredible family of staff, some have been with me since I opened, going on 17 years. I guess that’s another one of your secrets of success. Tell me Jimbo, what’s your favorite dish? Hmm, not easy, but I guess I’d say Shredded Chicken Enchiladas, Shrimp Quesadillas … our burger … tell ya the truth, I like everything on the menu … Of course, you do. Maybe not a fair question. OK then what do you sell the most of? Fajitas — more Sizzling Fajitas than anything else on the menu … all of our marinades are house-made … next has to be our Fall-off-dabone Baby Back Ribs, oven baked four to five hours … and can’t forget our Stuffed Grouper, stuffed with yummy crab cakes and topped with a lobster cream sauce … Maybe we better quit now, because my mouth is watering. Then you’re ready for the best Margarita on the planet … glass, fish bowl or pitcher? A little early for me Jimbo. Thanks so much for your time — great hearing your St. Maarten stories. And we didn’t even talk about Hurricane Irma. Well, thank you. As far as speaking about Irma, it is behind us and I just want to focus on being positive and help SXM get back on her feet. I can understand that very well. I’d really like to thank all of our St. Maarten “family” of friends that considers St. Maarten their second home and sincerely care about our safety and well-being — they have made surviving Irma worth it. You’re right about that! See you soon at Jimbo’s!


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by ALITA SINGH

LOCAL EATS  These local favorites and “off the beaten path” experiences will give you a real taste of the island. St. Maarten/St. Martin is a culinary melting pot of cultures, flavors and tastes. To really appreciate the island’s rich food culture, go “native” and sample the local fare. Barbecues are ubiquitous to the Caribbean, and many of the best are found right here along main roads. A good spot for a well-seasoned rack of ribs or chicken legs with a ton of side dishes is the Original Fat Boy Jimmy on Walter Nisbeth Road. Island soul food can also be found at Lolos, a group of open-air restaurants in the fishing village of Grand Case. Seafood dishes are island staples, from conch stew with papaya to fried red snapper. Freshly

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caught fish are hauled in every day. Head out early and get your pick of the catch from fishermen at Great Bay Beach near Bobby’s Marina, the Simpson Bay Fish Market or the Marigot waterfront market. If you’re not up to cooking your fish, don’t stress. Many restaurants will be happy to cook it for you. They’ll also serve up some succulent local dishes such as fragrant rice and peas with conch and dumplings, steaming boiled fish, johnnycakes (or journey cakes) fluffy as a cloud, and fresh fruit juices. Local favorites include Yvette’s Restaurant and Enoch’s Place. Yvette’s is nestled in a converted Creole house in French Quarter, and Enoch’s is on the bustling Marigot waterfront. If you’re feeling adventurous, try stewed oxtail and rice or spicy goat curry. Fresh oxtail meat is marinated in Caribbean spices and slow-cooked for flavor and tenderness. Goat meat is well seasoned and cooked with flavor. Good spots to try these delicacies are Mark’s Place, Semple’s restaurant and Kenny’s Corner. St. Maarten/St. Martin has been home to many vegetarians long before this way of life became mainstream. Ditto with vegans. A good place to get a wide selection of dishes is Shieka’s Bistro on Back Street. The offerings reflect some of the island’s traditional vegetarian foods: boiled ground provisions, rice and peas, spinach and a host of others. Join yachties and landlubbers alike at Sint Maarten Yacht Club for a blend of local dishes and continental favorites and watch the multimillion-dollar yachts and dinghies go by. For a taste of Dutch fare, Karakter Beach Bar has a host of items — bitterballen (meatballs), croquettes and a selection of Dutch cheeses. Then there’s the always bustling Zee Best breakfast spot at Simpson Bay Yacht Club, where you’ll enjoy baskets of flaky buttery French pastries and eggs however you like them.

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SALE & PEPE SICILIAN ITALIAN RESTAURANT Simpson Bay +1 721 527-5019 The owner of ‘Sale e Pepe’, Davide, was born in Catania, Sicily, Italy. Growing up in a family of restaurant owners, it was evident for Davide that he would continue the family tradition and one day have his own res-taurant. Davide studied culinary arts in Italy and worked in many sea food specialty restaurants before he traveled to the Caribbean. Also here Davide worked in sea food restaurants gaining experience in adding a Caribbean touch to his dishes. Fourteen years ago Davide settled on the beautiful island of St. Maarten where he met his wife Scarlet. Sale & Pepe opened in December 2016 and has rapidly grown into much more than just another Italian restaurant. Davide and his charming wife Scarlet will welcome you into their family-style dining oasis. If you are looking for the best authentic Sicilian Italian food, then Sale & Pepe is the place! Using fresh fish and a variety of other seafood, Davide is happy to work and mix directly imported Sicilian products with fresh Caribbean ingredients. Described by established customers as a convivial rallying place, you will most definitely feel like eating Grandma’s recipes in a “young” modern atmosphere. Open for Lunch and Dinner. Don’t miss out miss out on the Sale & Pepe gastronomic experience. You will not be disappointed! Call for reservations or visit us on Facebook

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he Dinghy Dock Bar is a true Caribbean dive bar with the attitude to match. Located in Simpson Bay on the lagoon, it’s a place where high and low, locals and tourists rub elbows and party the night away. It was originally a place to get the rowdy drunken sailors out of the finer establishments in the area. Sit at the bar and hear stories told, some true and many not, from around the island and around the world. You might even get some cuddles. The “pour your own” happy hour is the best around. That’s right! You get the bottle, glass, mixer and make your own drink. This is also one of the best-stocked bars on the island, with the usual suspects, as well as some unusual ones. You’ll also find the only selection of craft beers on the island, with over 100 bottles, and draft beer, too.

The kitchen makes some of the best casual bar food around. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served. Fish and chips, ribs, burgers, wings and nachos like you’ve never seen, along with fresh local catch and more. You won’t find better. All are welcome here — kids, dogs, iguanas, random dock critters, old and young — provided, of course, you’re up for a good time. Family-friendly most of the day and night, but late night is definitely more suited for the “big kids.” You never know what will happen at this place, but you are guaranteed to have a good time no matter when you go. Once you’ve been there, you will be back. Maybe because you got so drunk you forgot your shoes, or maybe to do it all over again. Check out the reviews on Facebook and TripAdvisor to get the dirt from real customers.


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ne thing the Caribbean is known for as much as its beaches is its rum. The spirit was first distilled on the islands during the 17th century when sugar plantation slaves discovered molasses — a by-product of the refining process — could be fermented into alcohol. Caribbean rum producers have spent the centuries

since perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending; and many of the world’s best rums come from the Caribbean. Topper’s Rhum Distillery recently won USA Today’s 10 Best Caribbean Rum Distillery award, proudly placing number four. This prestigious competition is among some of the most famous rum brands in the world, such as Bacardi, Angostura, Brugal, Cruzan, Mount Gay, Appleton Estate and Barbancourt. Topper’s Rhum Distillery is one of the most unique places to visit on St. Maarten, according to the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau. Daily tours and free tastings are available to shoppers. Topper’s Rhum, a truly locally made product, is a worldclass premium rhum that is handmade, bottled and packaged with precision right here in Cole Bay, St. Maarten. Topper’s Rhum uses only all-natural premium ingredients and no

preservatives. They are committed to producing the world’s best tasting rhum and flavored rhum spirits using the highest standards of quality. They are reinventing rhum by continually innovating and delivering unique products to their customers worldwide. The company is very environmentally conscientious and well known for their signature reusable swing-top bottles. This official St. Maarten rhum is the only spirit distilled and exported from St. Maarten. They currently export to six countries and over 24 states in the United States and are the official rhum of the Dutch Army. By constantly expanding overseas, they are also notably promoting St. Maarten internationally. In addition, the products are sold online to almost anywhere in the world. Topper’s Rhum has been awarded 24 medals given by the most prominent rum tasting contests in the world.

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& Cupecoy Maho offers a variety of cuisines, from traditional burgers and fries to international cuisine. Here, you can entertain your taste buds with fresh sushi, homemade pasta and French-inspired delights. In addition to restaurants, there are nightlife offerings for all to enjoy. Taco Macho is the ultimate destination for authentic Mexican and Colombian food. Dig into savory beef, enchiladas,

tacos ad more. The unique menu offers you savory choices — all with warm Latin hospitality. Families with children may want to grab a bite at Sunset Beach Bar as they watch jets land and take off at Princess Juliana International Airport. If you’re in the Cupecoy area, stop by Ernest and Fidel Café, which combines the taste of South America and Hemingway’s Cuba.

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Port de Plaisance Port de Plaisance is a multifaceted place. Here you’ll find the Princess Port de Plaisance Resort and Casino, which has hosted many of the world’s rich and famous over the years. World-class amenities include the Princess Casino, where you’ll find tons of table games and slot machines. The casino also hosts special events and shows at night. The heart of the area is its dining options. There are a number of restaurants catering to the global palate both inside the resort and surrounding the casino. A top choice for dinner is Mélange International Grill. This contemporary tabletop

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migrate to St. Maarten as their

This locale is also the home of The Country Club at Port de Plaisance, which includes the spa, a Frank Provost hair salon, tennis courts and a pool.

The heart of the area is its dining options. There are a number of restaurants catering to the global palate both inside the resort and surrounding the casino.


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mong the various restaurants St. Maarten has to offer within its dining scene, two hidden gems await you at Port de Plaisance: Mélange International Grill and Mandarin Sushi & Pan Asian Restaurant. Located right next to the entrance of Princess Casino, these restaurants are sure to provide a memorable experience. A must-visit restaurant in St. Maarten with a live barbecue grill in the middle of every table, Mélange International Grill is the perfect place for you to show off your barbecue skills with an all-you-can-eat style service of succulent meats, seafood and sides, accompanied by tasty appetizers and fresh salads. A concept similar to a Brazilian

churrascaria, they also feature an a la carte menu with light fare, mouthwatering steak and fish. Mandarin Sushi & Pan Asian Restaurant has everything to satisfy your Asian craving. From sushi to stir-fry in the wok, they feature a full-fledged Pan Asian menu, including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and the not-to-bemissed ramen noodle bowls. With an option of air-conditioned and outside sitting, this restaurant is sure to satisfy every palate. Enjoy free valet parking, nightly entertainment at the Princess Casino and free shuttle service for groups of six or more. Both restaurants are great for families, groups and couples. Kids’ menu items and allergyfriendly options are available.

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the finest snacks. One can purchase duty-free liquors in singles or bulk. Carrefour Market has two major outlets with 40,000 square feet each, one located on Bush Road and the other in Cole Bay. With the preface of Carrefour Express, the chain has expanded further with two more locations in Porto Cupecoy and Jordan Village, allowing accessibility to their customers around that area. Whether you are on the Dutch side or just across the border on the French side, you are never far from a huge assortment of quality products, ample parking, a hygienic and shopperfriendly ambience and prompt assistance in every aisle.

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Grand Case From classic dishes to modern creations, dining options are bountiful throughout French St. Martin, especially in Grand Case. Once known only as a tiny fishing village, Grand Case has earned high acclaim for its many gourmet restaurants. The village’s seafaring lifestyle still thrives but now comes second to the culinary delights along its main road.

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Spiga Restaurant, at the northern end of the village, pleases your palate with pasta made fresh daily and used as the base of many classic Italian dishes. You’ll find a flavorful combination of gourmet dining selections featuring meat, fish and poultry, as well as vegetarian options. Buttery foie gras and fine

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French wines also are paired at Bacchus at Hope Estate. L’Auberge Gourmande serves French cuisine, such as snails, frog legs, foie gras and other delights. These French gourmet restaurants never disappoint. Piazza Pascal combines French cuisine with Italian favorites for a unique and tasty combination. And chic

and trendy Rainbow Café & Beach Bar boasts a lovely waterfront setting that’s perfect for a romantic dinner or to enjoy a passion fruit cocktail near the water. If these selections are making your mouth water, you’re in for an unforgettable epicurean adventure in St. Martin. Indulge and enjoy!


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Big Fish Seafood Grill & Hurricane Bar is scheduled to reopen soon. This restaurant is all about seafood and its South Beach meets the Caribbean–inspired menu focuses on fresh daily catches. No matter where you decide to whet your appetite, you’re sure to leave completely satisfied.

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JOIN THE PARTY Jorge Ramirez

Light up the night on St. Maarten/St. Martin.

The Red Piano

There’s no better place in the Caribbean than St. Maarten/ St. Martin for those who love the party scene.

The island’s multicultural residents have all added their flair to the nightlife scene, making the experience unique. Every evening of the week you’ll find hot spots to suit all tastes and appetites.

At live-music bars and nightclubs, you can enjoy everything from vibrant reggae to the pulsating sounds of electronic house music. Firstclass DJs and international artists are on hand to make your night out an exceptional one. The Red Piano in Pelican is a place for live music lovers. The latest hits and classics are teased out of the piano every night by immensely talented artists. Patrons are welcome to request favorite tunes from the pianist. Absorb soul-healing music at “Church on Monday,” the bar’s most popular nightly event. For music and dancing under the stars, head to Soggy

Dollar Bar in Simpson Bay. This hot spot started out as a yacht crew hangout. Now, it’s a popular outdoor party destination. Friday nights are epic here. The DJs spin charttoppers and classic dance favorites to keep the party going into the next morning. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino and Spa welcomes guests after being updated with a new contemporary design. Here you’ll find Casino Royale, which boasts over 21,000 square feet of gaming and entertainment options — the largest on St. Maarten. In addition to two new al fresco restaurants, there’s also a new outdoor bar

and lounge where you can grab a few cocktails after dinner and have a great time. Happy hour lasts way longer than an hour on this rock. The usual time for the drinks to start flowing at special rates is around 4 p.m. Most restaurants and bars offer their own twist to happy hour, like coupling drinks with tapas and entertainment. Don’t forget that St. Maarten/ St. Martin is a duty-free destination. That means partygoers don’t have to spend a fortune on liquor, beer and cigars from all corners of the globe. Have the night of your life — and drink responsibly so the party can keep going.

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The Art of Island Living St. Maarten/St. Martin boasts a wide array of creative treasures inspired by the island’s natural beauty.

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There is something special about the light and landscape of St. Maarten/St. Martin. The island inspires artists to

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Tropismes Gallery

ArtCraftCafe Art Gallery & Art School at the top of Front Street. Soon, the gallery will introduce a novel activity: transforming what is called in Dutch waardeloze materialen (worthless materials) into art treasures. Gallery patrons will be invited to create their own one-of-a-kind souvenirs. The Art Box Gallery in Cole Bay is a treasure trove for art lovers. Founded by famed local jewelry designer Zdenka Kiric, the gallery features paintings, sculptures and jewelry from a

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Create masterpieces while relaxing and sipping wine.

Most people would probably agree that wine makes many things better. It is certainly so with painting. While on island, combine both of those passions and walk away with your own masterpiece. Several artists offer Sip & Paint events for individuals and groups. All painters, amateur or professional, are welcome. ArtCraftCafe artist Tess Verheij can accommodate up to six guests to sit, sip and paint. Verheij provides painting tips and tricks to help you get inspired to create. All paint, brushes, canvases and easels will be provided; so arrive in your painting clothes and armed with your ideas. Painters can bring their nibbles and preferred wines to the art gallery, which is located on Front Street in Philipsburg. The Sip & Paint experience is not only for adults — Verheij happily guides children on their artistic journey as well. Just bring snacks and juice for fuel.

From top: Mary Magill Blair, Courtesy of Sip & Paint

natural beauty into works of art, on canvas and in pottery and etchings. Artists have long flocked to these Caribbean shores to paint by the crystal-clear waters and rolling emerald hillsides. Chief among the local painters is Sir Roland Richardson. He is the embodiment of the island’s dual personality, coming from prominent Dutch and French roots. He is famed for outdoor paintings of fiery red and orange flamboyant trees. He has also captured the island’s historical homes and locations in etchings. His studio is on Rue de la République in Marigot. Versatile artist Tess Verheij is known for bold colors and striking subjects. She is also a nurturer of fellow artists — amateurs and professionals. This is reflected in her


Tess Verheij Front Street 3A - Philipsburg

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Originally from the Netherlands, Tess Verheij started exploring the arts as early as 12. After getting her degree in Arts, Tess travelled around the world and eventually settled in St. Maarten where she opened her own colorful Art Gallery and Art School. Located in Old Street for many years first the gallery and art school have now moved to a bigger location on Front Street. Thanks to her many trips she never ceases to push her boundaries of her art. Tess is an all round artist who works with different mediums, acrylic, ink, pastels and Vitrail. In the gallery you will find beautiful art pieces which are an incredible tribute to colours, shadows and light. Upstairs Tess hosts art classes, glass fusion and pottery. You can even enjoy the Sip & Paint events she runs on a monthly basis.

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CARIBBEAN AND COSMOPOLITAN  ARTS AND CULTURE the epicenter. He runs Axum Art Café on Front Street, where budding and established artists share their talent with the public. A jubilant Carnival and a loving mother tending to her children are themes often found in the work of Aruba-born Ruby Bute. She is a prolific painter of island scenery. Her rustic style lends an emotional quality to her work that invites viewers to take the place of the characters. Her Friar’s Bay studio is also a haven for budding artists who develop their skills under her tutelage. Tropismes Gallery, located in

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host of island creatives. Occasionally, the gallery hosts receptions to open a new exhibition or collection. Kiric is keen on curating works from artists working in different genres and putting their work side by side to create a continuous, flowing art collection. German transplant Norma Trimborn worked as a multinational and spent time in China before moving here and giving expression to the art that had been swirling in her soul for years. Her paintings challenge the viewer’s emotions and perspective. Trimborn’s studio is in Terres Basses. Mosera is by no means a quiet artist. He is known for his bold canvases, shouting messages about enslavement of the mind, colonialism and the current state of man from commercialism to sexism. His themes cover the Caribbean, with St. Maarten/St. Martin at

various contemporary Caribbean artists, such as Paul Elliott Thuleau and Antoine Chapon. Finding an art studio or gallery is a cinch, since art is everywhere on this isle. March is a good time to seek out as many artists as possible, as that’s the month the Art Lovers Association holds “Art Lovers Weekend.” During this time, many artists open the doors of their private studios and galleries to the public. The island has been paying more attention to educating visitors about its rich heritage. From artifacts to storytelling, you’ll notice history is breathing new life into the island’s culture. The opening of the Emilio Wilson Museum at Rainforest Adventures at Rockland Estate has been a welcome addition to the heritage landscape. The museum traces the island’s pre-history to the modern day, using its location at Rockland Estate as the focal point. St. Maarten Heritage Museum in Speetjens Arcade, just off Front Street, is an Aladdin’s cave of history. It started out small decades ago as a repository for artifacts and documents. Today it is still in a small space, but it houses an immense collection. The island’s extraordinary artists create unique and vibrant works representing different genres. Be sure to stop by the many galleries, museums and shops so you can admire the impressive creations.

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Grand Case, features exhibits by


by SIR ROLAND AND LAURA RICHARDSON

SIR ROLAND RICHARDSON — BEFORE AND AFTER We could hardly believe that Hurricane Irma broke through the doors of our beautiful landmark Gallery Museum in September 2017. Our 20-year devotion, Roland Richardson Gallery Museum at #6 Rue de la République in Marigot was a wreck. This hard-nosed, true-to-the-Earth French Creole townhouse from 1847 had never lost a battle to a storm in 170 years, but this time one ancient hook came loose on the upstairs balcony and let the monster in. After battling Irma, we were overwhelmed when we opened our doors to a shattered universe. We had survived with a roof over our heads, but water poured in everywhere and the rain continued for weeks while two more Category 5 hurricanes crossed the region. We learned of families huddled in bathrooms and cellars while their homes disintegrated. We heard of government delegates who took shelter together to keep St. Martin connected. The destruction that occurred in just 12 hours was unfathomable. It was the worst natural and national catastrophe we had ever known. Word came that an upstairs shutter broke on the top balcony of our Marigot gallery, and we knew it was bad news. We drove through a lake of brackish water to get there, losing Roland’s car for many weeks later. We found the top doors to the gallery blown out, strewn all over the yard. Canvases were thrown, torn, cracked, dirty, soaked, reduced to fabric and paint. Precious antique furniture shattered, hand-woven grass rugs saturated, and the 170-year-old interior louvre doors, painted a butter yellow, dismembered. Water flooded the ground floor. The gallery lighting and fans were soaked and oxidizing. Mold grew like a beard, inventory was lost, history erased. While the damages in the gallery were devastating, we also faced challenges at

home. We had no running water, electricity, air conditioning and ice for so long it became custom to wake up at dawn and retire at dusk exhausted. There was no computer, no internet, no landline. Wi-Fi was gold. We were sunburned, blistered, scraped and mudsmeared. We drew water and bathed from a bucket for weeks. And we prayed. We meditated. We made jokes, and we laughed. We focused on gratitude for everything good in our lives while prioritizing the hundreds of fractured aspects of our material lives. A little dog we all love was lost at the airport and found on Facebook. Four friends stepped on nails; one lost his leg below the knee. Wherever one turned, the story was worse. Our loss was diminished. We knew we were blessed to have each other. Every day our neighbors brought ice, an indispensable by-product of electricity! Close friends gathered and staged sunset candlelight barbecues and pot-luck dinners where we could all show up ragged and share stories. A Phoenix force of love and friendship from around the world reached out like a giant safety net via social media. We all connected, and there was universal hope and prayer and protection. The circle of love

and friendship that reached out to us was a lifesaving phenomenon, which we will carry in our hearts till our last breath. It has reshaped us to give as much as we can, wherever, whenever we can, to make even the smallest difference. Step by step, repairs are succeeding. We’re cleaning, organizing and creating better than before. The wheat has been separated from the chaff. Our purpose to living is clearer than ever, and while the years ahead are shorter, we still have a lot to accomplish. We look forward to hosting this season alongside all our hardworking citizens, bringing joy to our visitors, and sharing each other’s accomplishments. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support and encouragement! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Belmond La Samanna and every Thursday in Roland Richardson Gallery Museum in Marigot, Sir Roland Richardson will continue his memorable talks and magical painting demonstrations from his life. Private tours of Sir Roland’s exhibitions will be available throughout the week through special appointment while we continue building for the future.

Every Wednesday at La Samanna Every Thursday in Marigot Enjoy Sir Roland’s Inspired Talks, Exhibit Tours and Demonstrations 10am to 4pm Complimentary Fine Art painted “en Plein Air” by celebrated St. Martin Impressionist Sir Roland Richardson

Roland Richardson Gallery Museum

#6 rue de la Republique, Marigot Thursdays and by Special Appt.

Belmond La Samanna

Rendezvous Pavilion, Baie Longue Wednesdays and by Special Appt.

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Whether you want to get fit or you’ve worked hard to stay fit being on holiday can sometimes alter your fitness routine.

{by Desiree Winkel}

FIT AND FAB

Stay healthy and happy while on holiday in St. Maarten/St. Martin.

But there’s no need to worry. As a personal trainer from Holland who has lived here for 15 years, I can assure you that there are many opportunities on this beautiful island to stay fit, healthy and happy. It’s important to keep your fitness training going, even

while you’re away from home, because it prevents you from losing the progress you’ve already made and it can help your body better deal with the changes you encounter. If you’re concerned that you might hinder your progress as you indulge a little, there’s no need to fret. You can stay fit and enjoy some muchdeserved time off. Many hotels offer pools or fitness centers, so you can keep your cardio activity alive by taking an early-morning dip or hitting a stair-climber. If you’re staying somewhere without these options, you can also head outside for a nice beach walk, a hike in the hills or possibly a bike ride. If you like water sports, then you are at the right place. Waterskiing, canoeing, kitesurfing, jet-skiing and sailing are options you’ll find at several beaches.

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If your hotel does not have a gym, Princess Country Club at Port de Plaisance would be an option. You’ll find a fully equipped gym with swimming pool, tennis courts, spa and even a hair stylist. If you’re looking for something a bit more hardcore, go to Juliet’s Gym. Fitness studios in St. Maarten/St. Martin are rare. Trainers at my business, Fitness Coaching, are very professional and also offer fun, high-impact classes. On Saturday mornings, Fitness Coaching offers boot camps on Kim Sha Beach for all levels, ages 12 and up. If you’re looking for a power walk, try the 220-footlong causeway over Simpson Bay lagoon. The island also offers many options for healthy eating. You can have food delivered to your doorstep. Fit Foods is a company that delivers great selections, including vegetarian and vegan offerings. For vegan and vegetarian food, you can also visit Top Carrot, Beirut and Ital Shack. Also consider Gigi’s Organic Food & Drinks. If you’re craving sushi, stop by Bamboo Bernies.

Desiree Winkel is the founder and owner of Fitness Coaching. Originally from Holland, she has lived in the Caribbean for 30 years and on beautiful St. Maarten for the past 15 years. She’s passionate about helping clients get fit and live a heathy lifestyle.


MAKE ROOM FOR FITNESS  It’s easy to stay active while on vacation. While you’re out sightseeing and taking part in island adventures, you can enjoy some scenic hikes. Also look for other opportunities, such as taking the stairs to your hotel room at the end of the day. And if you don’t want to join a gym, there are some in-room workout options that will make your day a great one. If you can add some cardio like jumping jacks, mountain climbing or jogging after every set for a minute or two, you are good to go. If you change the sets or reps, that’s alright, too. Just stick to repetitions of each that are comfortable. If you’re new to the routine, or to working out in general, you could start with five to seven reps.

1. Crunches and planks: 3 sets of 30

4. Squats: 3 sets of 40

2. Push-ups: 3 sets of 10, 12 or 15

3. Alternate lunges: 3 sets of 20

5. Burpees: 3 sets of 10

6. Wall-sits: 3 sets; 40 seconds each

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Island Hopping St. Maarten/St. Martin is ideally situated so you can take a day trip and meet our wonderful neighbors.

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by ALITA SINGH

Statia’s Natural Wonders

Explore the island’s past and present wonders. St. Eustatius — or Statia, as islanders call it — is a quick plane ride from St. Maarten and a perfect day-trip destination. The island appeals to history buffs and lovers of nature, above and below the water. Three hundred years ago, Statia was a major sea-lane stop for trade and commerce. It was a call for buccaneers, admirals and merchants alike throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Today Statia, a Dutch dependency like Saba, is one of the most laid-back islands in the Caribbean. English is widely spoken by Statia’s welcoming inhabitants, who exemplify the “old Caribbean” and are quick to share their island’s history with visitors. Statia has had a long relationship with the United States. It was a link between the fledgling colonies and Europe. Benjamin Franklin even had his mail routed through Statia to ensure safe delivery. A standout moment for the island was on November 16, 1776, when the American

merchant brig-turned-warship Andrew Doria sailed into the harbor and fired off a 13-gun salute, indicating that the colonies had won their independence from Britain. Statia returned a salute, thus becoming the first foreign entity to officially recognize the new United States of America. As the 18th century came to a close, Statia gradually slipped from importance as a trading center. Now the tranquil island welcomes a new breed of explorers: visitors in search of a Caribbean paradise. And there’s a lot to explore here. Oranjestad, the capital, is like a living museum with historic, well-preserved buildings. Statia also offers much for eco-tourists. Seek out the island’s hiking trails. The north end of the island is a series of hills formed from the remnants of five extinct volcanoes. The Quill, a nonactive volcano, is at the south end of the island. The island also boasts several prime dive sites. Wrecks like the 328-foot-long Charles Brown are havens for schools of colorful fish and other fascinating underwater creatures. On an archaeological dive you may find pottery or glass shards, wine bottles and maybe even an old Dutch clay pipe. Getting to Statia is easy. Just hop on a Winair flight at Princess Juliana International Airport. The airline operates several 20-minute daily flights from St. Maarten. Or hop on board Great Bay Express. Located at Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg, the high-speed ferry offers regular trips to Statia, as well as other neighboring islands. VISITSTMAARTEN.COM

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Lambada in Anguilla

Tranquil Anguilla Tranquility, by definition, means “a state of peace and calm,” but regardless of what words you use to illustrate it, it is not that easy to explain it to someone else … that is, until you set foot on Anguilla. Over the centuries, this island has become the definition of tranquility. It is in the smiles of the locals that greet you on your tour around the island.

as the water slowly recedes. It can be felt by taking a stroll down pristine beaches and shores lined by fishing boats, their wooden hulls painted in rich hues. You can find tranquility in the smells that float through the air on the ocean breeze: a mixture of salt and sea, local cuisine and tropical spices. Combine that heady concoction with the melodies of steel pan music or the gentle lapping of waves. This is what the Anguilla experience is all about. For years, visitors have come to this island intending to have that typical Caribbean experience. They imagine sipping fruity cocktails on the beach and dipping into

It’s found at that line where the ocean meets the sand and the small bubbles of air escape

the warm ocean. But they leave having revitalized their spirits. They spend their days

Serenity awaits on this neighboring island, just a day trip away.

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sitting at open-air restaurants and sampling superb cuisine while slowly unwinding from their fast-paced lives. Before they know it, they have rewound time and gone back to a place of peaceful bliss. After all, they have experienced a country and people like no other. Fortunately for those who have planned their vacation on St. Maarten/St. Martin, it is easy and affordable to experience the blissful tranquility of Anguilla on a day trip. Sail cats Lambada and Tango and sailboat Sail la Vie depart daily

Head out to Anguilla’s most famous beach, Shoal Bay, and spend your day basking in serenity. Then build vacation memories on an island tour as you soak up the culture and lifestyle of Anguilla. Open your senses, absorb the sights and sounds of this British jewel, and at the end of the day, don’t be surprised if you are feeling a lot more relaxed than you expected. It takes some time to detox from the real world, and once you have, you may not want to head back to reality that quickly. So, sip one more

from Aqua Mania Adventures in Simpson Bay. Pack lightly. These charter boats have everything you need on board. Sail to Anguilla’s Prickly Pear island, where you can snorkel through the outer reefs in crystal-clear water.

cocktail, take one last stroll down the sun-kissed beach and breathe in one last breath of ocean air, because once you have experienced “tranquility wrapped in blue,” your life will most certainly never be the same again.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION  NEIGHBORING ISLANDS lined with palm and sea grape trees. It’s no wonder that many visitors think of St. Barths as the “St. Tropez of the West Indies.” St. Jean Beach and Shell Beach offer open-air dining, relaxing lounge chairs and, of course, the iconic tropical cocktail. And you must stop at Nikki Beach, where you can feast on some of the island’s most delectable bites while rubbing shoulders with celebrities. If you’re not in the mood to hobnob with the stars, relax at one of the island’s many restaurants. Almost all

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There is a petite island just southeast of St. Maarten/ St. Martin that seamlessly blends local charm with sleek sophistication. Its official name is Saint Barthélemy, but many refer to it affectionately as St. Barths (or St. Barts). Whatever you call it, this French isle is a gem of a day-trip destination. St. Barths is known for its duty-free shopping and designer boutiques. Add to the mix an array of luxury hotels and villas dotting the hillsides and you have a playground for the rich and famous. But there is so much more to this secluded destination than celebrities and paparazzi. Against a backdrop of green hills and valleys are unspoiled and inviting beaches

that sweet Caribbean charm that makes this region so appealing. The main harbor town of Gustavia is known for its French elegance and Caribbean gingerbread houses. It’s the island’s shopping hub, where you can easily rent a car or hire a taxi to take you on an island tour. Make your way through narrow streets while perusing name-brand boutiques and eclectic shops as you savor the smell of baguettes wafting from distinctly French bakeries. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may have the chance to see the island in bloom. Frangipani and Flamboyant trees are sprinkled around the hillsides, in gardens and along the roads. The brilliant colors of the flowers stand out against the muted greens of the low brush that lines the hills and valleys. In addition, many species of birds like to make their home in St. Barths. It takes just 45 minutes to reach St. Barths aboard the Edge. The high-speed ferry departs from Aqua Mania Adventures at Simpson Bay. Great Bay Express also offers a high-speed ferry to St. Barths. Find them at Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg, or book your trip online. You can also take a plane from Princess Juliana International Airport. The landing at St. Barths is a spectacular experience. Either way, you’re in for an excursion you won’t soon forget.

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FUN AND ADVENTURE

obby’s Marina Group of Companies offers a diverse collection of activities, excursions, shopping and dining opportunities while visiting the beautiful island of St. Maarten/ St. Martin. At Bobby’s Marina, a local landmark since 1968, you will find many options, such as Great Bay Express, a high-speed ferry service offering daily schedules to and from St. Maarten, St. Barths, Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia). This ferry service is efficient, safe

and convenient at an affordable price. With their highly trained crew and well-maintained ferries, they offer regular daily schedules, day trips and special charters. If you want to experience a fun day at sea, check out SXM Airport Adventure, an exciting double-decker party boat excursion that provides a unique view of St. Maarten’s infamous airplane landings from the sea, while offering swimming, snorkeling, food and drinks in a safe, friendly, high-energy atmosphere. With their exceptional and experienced crew and staff, this excursion is a must-do for all ages. They also offer private charters for special occasions and events. Let’s not forget Octopus Diving, a well-established dive center that offers diving and snorkeling at the many unique and exquisite underwater sites

surrounding St. Maarten/ St. Martin. As a PADI-certified dive shop with years of experience, the staff offers exclusive diving for all levels of divers, snorkelers and even beginners who want to give diving a try. With their top-notch equipment and personalized service, you are guaranteed to have a safe, unforgettable underwater adventure. While on the island, don’t forget to visit Bobby’s Marina, the iconic “gateway” to Philipsburg, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing a full line of marine services, including dockside fuel station, docking, boat lifts, restrooms, showers and marine provisions. Along with a wide selection of activities, excursions, shopping and dining experiences, and a central location close to everything great in St. Maarten, Bobby’s Marina is a must-visit destination.

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Sensational Saba This tiny island is the “Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean.” The nearby island of Saba may be tiny, but it does have its claims to fame. Saba, for instance, has the shortest commercial runway in the world — as well as the highest point of elevation in the Dutch

forests that make their way up to Mount Scenery’s peak. This nonactive volcano is the perfect spot to get a bird’s-eye view of Saba’s island neighbors. On a clear day you can see for miles, and on an overcast day you can find yourself caught up in the vapor of the clouds. The way up is something of a challenge. You have to hike through a tropical rain forest and up hand-carved stone steps. But the welcome distraction of views, birds,

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plants and other wildlife make this hike well worth the effort. Saba’s ecotourism options also extend down to inky depths. The island boasts some of the best diving in the region. Strict regulations on fishing and diving mean that you’re able to see a wide variety of sea life. Turtles and lobsters are regular visitors to this spectacular underwater

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haven, and if you’re lucky, you may just get to hear or see a whale or two. If you are more into the history of the island, then you’ll enjoy making your way through charming villages, past picturesque homes with red roofs and well-tended gardens. Along the way, you will meet up with a variety of friendly locals who will be

happy to tell you all about their distinctive home. Journey to Saba aboard a high-speed ferry offered by Aqua Mania Adventures. You can book your 90-minute trip on Edge from Simpson Bay or online before you arrive. Packages include taxi tours around the island, with a tasty lunch poolside, hiking excursions with lunch and transfers, and guided adventures with famed local James “Crocodile Dundee” Johnson. With regularly scheduled service to Saba, Great Bay Express, located at Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg, will get you there fast. The highseed ferry offers competitive prices, online booking and a shuttle service. No matter what you decide to do once you have arrived in Saba, it is certain that you will leave with a new appreciation of history, nature and the efforts that this tiny island has made to preserve it all.

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kingdom. What’s more, this speck in the Caribbean Sea offers several unexpected attractions for day-trippers from St. Maarten/St. Martin. With a well-preserved ecosystem and lush green mountains that seem to rise out of the ocean, Saba has an allure like no other. For decades, islanders had to climb steep cliffs to bring food, furniture and other necessities up from cargo ships. It wasn’t until the mid-1930s that residents built the island’s first road. This winding thoroughfare is an attraction in itself. Lined with spectacular stone walls, it twists and turns its way up the mountainside. With sharp drop-offs and narrow points, the road is best left to local drivers. In stark contrast to the rocky cliffs are the lush green


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION ï‚„ WEDDINGS

LOVE IN THE TROPICS

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Nothing says weddings like a romantic island wedding in beautiful St. Maarten/St. Martin.

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“Fantastically French and Delightfully Dutch,” as their planner, Annemiek Meussen, puts it. “St. Maarten offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding.” Jake and Gina Babyak heartily concur. The two grew up as best friends in Long Island, NY. Then after college, Jake popped the question. Where would they tie the knot? Gina knew just the spot. She had visited St. Maarten/

charming ambience. So they booked 70 of their closest friends and family members at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort on Maho Bay and left the details to Meussen, general manager of Sint Maarten Weddings. “The wedding was perfect,” Gina recalls. “It was everything we had ever imagined. The friendliness of the people, the amazing vendors and, of course, the beautiful breezy weather made the event seamless and a dream come true.” That’s just how Sophie Rodriguez describes her special day. “Our wedding,” she says, “couldn’t have been more perfect.”

Roberto and Sophie Rodriguez wanted to exchange their wedding vows on a tropical island.

But not just any island. What they were looking for was a oneof-a-kind private paradise. “We chose St. Maarten because of the beautiful beaches, the proximity to New York — just a few short hours away — and, of course, the exotic nationalities on the island,” Roberto says.

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Meussen says it’s not hard to sell St. Maarten/St. Martin to lovebirds once they get a feel for all the island has to offer. “From a picturesque fishing village lined with the finest restaurants in the Caribbean to boutique hotels, casinos and vibrant nightlife, St. Maarten/St. Martin is the ideal location for a destination wedding.” What’s more, Meussen says, it’s easy to get married on the island — especially if you let your wedding planner make the arrangements.

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“The basic documents needed for a legal wedding in Dutch St. Maarten include a long-form birth certificate for the bride and groom, a declaration of marital status or divorce, and a valid passport,” Meussen says. US documents require an Apostle Stamp, which is easily obtained from the Secretary of State. For Canadian citizens, the

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Consulate must legalize the document. Then you’re ready for that walk down the aisle — a sandy one, perhaps. This picture-perfect destination is perfect for an idyllic wedding in paradise. Best of all, you needn’t go far to get those love fires really burning. St. Maarten/ St. Martin is, after all, world renowned as a tropical honeymoon haven.

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{by Arun Jagtiani}

INVESTING IN PARADISE

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If you’re looking to own a piece of paradise, St. Maarten/ St. Martin may have just the perfect property for you.

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THE REAL DEAL ON REAL ESTATE PURCHASING PROPERTY ON ST. MAARTEN/ ST. MARTIN IS A GOOD INVESTMENT. The ravages of Hurricane Irma in September 2017 dampened the local real estate market only briefly. This was in the months directly after the storm hit and the cleanup was in full swing. Now the market is again seeing investor confidence from both full- and part-time residents.

Arun Jagtiani of Island Real Estate Team (IRE) says locals and foreigners with second homes on St. Maarten/ St. Martin are expanding their real estate portfolios. “This shows they have great confidence in the resilience of this island,” he says. “They also know it is a good investment.” Property values have not plummeted, says Jagtiani. Most properties have retained their pre-Irma value. This means that not much has come on the market for cheap, a phenomenon some in the real estate world had anticipated. “There is a sense of confidence in the island, and it shows in the sales and inquiries. We still have a lot of the same selling points,” Jagtiani says. These include a lifestyle boasting a first-class culinary experience, a pulsating nightlife — from casinos to nightclubs — and the warmth of a strong, resilient people.

IRE has also expanded to include IRE Vacations. “We are excited about the island’s place as a preferred vacation destination. The demand continues to be there,” says Jagtiani. IRE Vacations focuses on short-term rentals and property management. This service will take IRE into another niche: giving secondand third-home owners on the island the option to securely rent their properties when not in personal use. The IRE team is comprised of 14 knowledgeable agents. The real estate agency has been in business for almost a decade and prides itself on catering to what each client requires when making the big decision to purchase property. Jagtiani, IRE’s team leader, started his career with an international agency and branched off to develop a St. Maarten brand with international reach.

I have been asked this question in some form by almost everyone I have come in contact with for the past year. There has been no shortage of people thinking there might be an abundance of real estate deals available for next to nothing. Fortunately for the long-term stability of the St. Maarten/St. Martin economy, this has not been the case. There are deals that can be found, but not nearly as extreme as what some people were hoping for. When I was finally able to access my emails after the storm had passed (it took me about a week), my inbox was flooded with messages from speculative investors (from all over the world) who were seeking information about damaged

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properties they could purchase for pennies on the dollar. The day after Hurricane Irma, the real estate market was literally turned upside down and the pieces scattered everywhere. There was an almost-immediate interest from buyers, but it would take several weeks before anyone could even think about putting a deal together. The institutions required for real estate transactions were not functioning, and when they finally reopened, the first order of business was to try and close the pending transactions from before the storm. Many deals had to be renegotiated due to damages. Although most were saved, not all negotiations survived the aftermath of Irma.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION  REAL ESTATE With the pieces scattered

Most of the immediate sales

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properties sell at full asking

ment among many full-time

price. We’ve had clients with immediate housing needs will-

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advantage of sellers. Everyone has experienced a different

Irma. This journey will no doubt

set of circumstances, and this has been driving some of the

take a few years to realize, but significant progress is already

inconsistencies in the market. Important factors that seem to be influencing buyers and sellers’ expectations include insurance settlements, extent of damage, access to labor and materials, and long-term commitment to the island.

noticeable, and this is feeding consumer confidence. The real estate market has been very active in recent months, with transactions happening on a consistent basis, in a variety of price points. Overall the market is well priced, and it’s a great time to be a buyer.

properties, Disch maximizes his marketing efforts to secure wide-ranging exposure across many RE/MAX platforms. To give back to the St. Maarten/St. Martin community he calls home, Disch is actively involved in the region. With eight other agents in his brokerage, he participates in post-hurricane service efforts, helping to repaint and repair projects across the island. Be-

yond the office, Disch enjoys spending time with loved ones, scuba diving, sailing and going to the beach. And, he says, he never stops seeing opportunities along the way. Disch says he plans to continue developing his multifaceted business, growing his property management and vacation rental division — one home at a time.

MULTIFACETED BUSINESSMAN Here’s something Michael Disch knows well: Change is just another word for opportunity. After leading a successful construction company in his native Canada, he moved to St. Maarten/St. Martin 15 years ago and began a new life as an island yacht broker. Then two years ago, he earned his real estate license and embarked on yet a third adventure at RE/MAX Island Properties. Now he’s helping to rebuild his island home in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Disch spent two decades buying, renovating and reselling properties at the Canadian company he commandeered. It was a good life, but he loved the sea and couldn’t resist the call of the Caribbean. Brokering yachts seemed the perfect foundation on which to build a new life in St. Maarten/St. Martin. But Disch came to see even greater opportunities on land. Now he has cemented himself in his adopted community, guiding clients in property pursuits and building a solid professional reputation. Based in St. Maarten, Disch also has clients in neighboring St. Barths and Anguilla. With the majority of his business driven by repeat and referral clientele, he says, forging strong relationships is essential. “Honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of what I do,” Disch says. “Clients come back because I build personal relationships. We don’t just sell clients a property and walk away.” Disch also offers a variety of services, including luxury vacation rentals and property management. When it comes to listing

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION  REAL ESTATE A recent article by Forbes.com indicated that areas hit by major hurricanes tend to offer surprisingly positive impacts for real estate investors. The pattern from these natural disasters seems to be an initial dip in real estate values, followed by several years of increased prices. There is good reason to speculate on the recovery and future of St. Maarten/St. Martin. The resilience of the people complemented by the support of the international community has had a positive impact on the island. With the help of Holland and the World Bank, the Dutch side of St. Maarten has secured almost half a billion dollars to rebuild better and stronger. On the northern side of the island, President Emmanuel Macron has pledged France’s full support for the reconstruction of French St. Martin. He also personally visited the island twice to ensure things are progressing. The redevelopment of this island paradise is well on its way, and the local real estate market is buzzing in anticipation of a soon-to-be-new-andimproved St. Maarten/St. Martin.

Arun Jagtiani is the owner of Island Real Estate Team. His relaxed personality and knowledge of the local real estate market has led to multiple appearances on HGTV’s House Hunters International and Caribbean Life. For more information, visit ireteam.com.

smallest island in the world to be shared by two sovereign powers (The Netherlands and France), St. Maarten provides a winning blend of Caribbean hospitality and European sophistication. Rolling hillsides, blue lagoons and breathtaking views are just a few reasons why so many visitors return every year to this island. With its half mile of natural beach and an array of nearby water sports, the Atrium Beach Resort & Spa by LaTour Hotels and Resorts is practically

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paradise. This quiet, beachfront resort overlooks the calm Caribbean Sea and is minutes from the glamorous nightlife and duty-free shopping of both the Dutch and French sides of the island. Adjoining the resort’s pool area is the Greenhouse Restaurant, a mainstay on St. Maarten that features local and international cuisine. Check out their delicious lunch and dinner menu, and enjoy the beautiful sunset during happy hour. If tranquility, luxury and a full-service staff are what you want, the Atrium Beach Resort & Spa is the place for you.

P.O. Box 1115 Simpson Bay, St. Maarten 1-844-452-8687

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From Florida to St. Maarten

After experiencing hurricanes David, Andrew, Wilma, Gustavo, Irma, Jose and Maria as a homebuilder, it stands to reason that Rene Lepine has learned quite a few valuable lessons about building to hurricane specifications. Lepine has lived in St. Maarten with his wife Norma, who was born here, since 2013, and he’s been developing the outstanding Indigo Green community within Indigo Bay. He was gracious enough to provide some insight regarding his experience with multiple hurricanes.

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What’s the most important aspect of building a home in St. Maarten? Structural integrity! Unfortunately, for several decades, many builders throughout the Caribbean didn’t bother getting a qualified structural engineer to properly analyze their architectural plans, perform the detailed calculations and design the structure to the appropriate strength. Many were simply winging it, using plans from a similar home designed for a different location. Don’t get me wrong, their buildings were strong enough to last several decades, but not Irma-strong. Those wood beam roofs look wonder-

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ful, but very few have been anchored properly. Notice that even many of the local residents don’t trust them anymore. Perhaps there’s a good reason.

tial co-insurance. In other words, you are putting a lot of your investment at great risk. I’d rather have something that has an ocean view than beachfront.

How do you feel about beachfront properties? I like the beach as much as anyone in St. Maarten, but I wouldn’t live there. Besides the fact that the salt air and humidity eat up those houses at an unaffordable pace, it is far too dangerous in a storm. That is where the storm surges do the most damage. So much so that a lot of insurance companies will no longer insure beachfront homes, and if some still do, it is only with outlandish premiums, huge deductibles and substan-

How do hurricanes affect the housing market? Many people think that there are now all sorts of cheap deals available, but in reality, unless you are prepared to rebuild from scratch on a lot where the house needs to be demolished, you’re in fact buying a high-risk property. Chances are the structural integrity of that “real steal” has been compromised. There are often good values available, yet don’t lose sight of the issues they come with.

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What’s your best real estate advice for people looking for their own piece of paradise? Don’t fall in love with someone else’s welldecorated 20- to 40-yearold house. It may be quaint and charming, and the landscape might be luxurious. However, most houses built between 1970 and 2000 were only built to withstand 125 mph storms, which was the requirement in St. Maarten until last year. Also, they might seem to be built in concrete, but they’re mainly only concrete blocks and most of their roofs aren’t tied down to the structure. Even worse, until not so long ago, many builders used beach sand in their concrete.

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So how could I assure myself of how it was built? Well that’s the problem. The seller or his/her agent may not have been there when it was built. You might think you’re saving money, but you’re surely rolling the dice with your investment. But aren’t prices for new properties much more expensive? Not when you compare size and features. Also, do you want to take a chance with your home and everything in it - including you and your family - just to save 10 or 15 percent? Maybe you should simply consider something slightly smaller, but stronger, and rest assured you’re not going to take a loss. Like anywhere else in the world, an older house will always cost you a lot more maintenance each year simply because it’s worn

and was built with the products and techniques available at that time. It is no different in St. Maarten, and it’s especially true of a house that’s been exposed to the salt air for decades. Another advantage is that banks will more easily finance a new house that’s built to proper standards by a reputable and experienced builder, than some alluring fixer upper that may hide unknown problems. There is far less risk of a major repair for them also. It is quite easy to get 50 or 60 percent financing at some of St. Maarten’s banks, so in the end, what would that older property actually save you? It sounds like your recommendation is to buy a very well-built and strong property, but won’t that feel like a bunker?

Not at all! With today’s newer materials, a properly engineered house can still be built with wide expansive windows. Actually, a lot of the newer dwellings available have much higher ceilings, taller doors, jalousie windows, energy efficient A/C’s, LED lighting and even insulation. This translates into homes that feel much larger, are far cooler and provide tremendous energy savings, which again offsets the cost of ownership. Do you have any other recommendations for second home buyers? Shop around and see what’s available in an area of the island you like. Pay attention to the community’s amenities and security and look for a “Lock-lt and Leave-lt” of-

fering. Like all properties, since you’ll be away for extended periods, you will need someone reliable to take care of your place to keep it looking good and in proper working order. Check that such services are offered. Finally, what do you personally look for in a property? My wife Norma’s passion is cooking, and we often have friends and family over for dinner, so we love an open floor plan that allows everyone to be together and keep her company while she whips up her wonderful delights. Of course, we don’t want this in the back of the house. We want her to enjoy the ocean views, and then easily serve her great dishes outdoors where we can eat al fresco. VISITSTMAARTEN.COM

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MIND YOUR MANOR RENT ONE OF JENNIFER’S VACATION VILLAS AND PAMPER YOURSELF IN PARADISE. You’re mounting an “expedition” to St. Maarten/ St. Martin for 1) a family reunion overrun with hyperactive grandkids, 2) a business conference with snarky colleagues, 3) your daughter’s wedding, with a guest list longer than Meghan Markle’s. Trouble in paradise? Not if you call Jennifer de Gonzague. Jennifer’s Vacation Villas is

a licensed management, real estate and villa rental company specializing in luxurious private villas and condos on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. The rentals accommodate individuals and groups large and small, with all the comforts of home and then some — like privacy, breathing room and jawdropping ocean views that instantly transport you to the Great State of Serenity Now. “Our goal,” de Gonzague says, “is to make your vacation stay as comfortable, accommodating and easygoing as possible.” That means eliminating stress by handling details, catering events and offering up some pampering touches like massages and outings. The boutique agency has built a reputation for meeting

the individual needs of every client. “We are there to help,” says de Gonzague. “We are always reachable with whatever emergency they may have. We are there to get them a chef or to answer a simple question. It’s important we are accessible.” At 19, de Gonzague moved to sunny St. Maarten from the colder climes of New York. She went to work for Mullet Bay Beach Resort and later White Sands Beach Club. In 1990 her journey through the hospitality industry took her to Leslie’s Vacation Villas, where she stayed for about seven years before taking over the operation. De Gonzague says she values the connections she has made with clients. “People know Jennifer’s Vacation Villas,” she says. “We give them that feeling of coming home.”

“Our goal,” de Gonzague says, “is to make your vacation stay as comfortable, accommodating and easygoing as possible.”

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USEFUL INFO Practical tips and useful information for navigating our island paradise.

APPLIANCES French side: European sockets run 220 V/60 Hz Dutch side: American sockets run 110 V and 220 V/60 Hz. Both the French and Dutch side sell European and/or American appliances, adapters and other electronics. BANK HOURS Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 or 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (some banks) There are 24-hour ATMs on both sides. BEACHES St. Maarten/St. Martin has 37 stunning beaches, all of which are public. Regulations vary according to the beach and which side of the island governs it. Make sure to check in advance regarding rules for swimming, surfing, hiking, topless sunbathing and nude swimming. The French side officially discourages beach nudity, though it is tolerated — and Club Orient on Orient Bay encourages it. Regardless of which side of the island you’re on, please be aware of other people, families with children and private homes. BUSINESS HOURS Business hours vary with the season. During high season, stores are likely to be open all day. Regular hours on the Dutch side are from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and shops are generally open from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Small groceries tend to stay open until 8 or 9 p.m. Stores on the French side open from 9 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m. but close for “extended lunch breaks,” approximately from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Most stores close on Sunday, though some may open if there are cruise ships in port. CLIMATE St. Maarten/St. Martin has a subtropical climate with trade winds from the Caribbean Sea. The temperature averages around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends November 30. Sea temperature peaks at approximately 79 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 29 degrees Celsius) around February and is coldest around August, ranging from 72 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 24 degrees Celsius). COMMUNICATION The international dialing code to call Dutch St. Maarten is +1-721, and +590 to call French St. Martin. Calling from Dutch St. Maarten • To call within St. Maarten: seven-digit number

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• To call French St. Martin: Landline: +590-590 + six-digit landline number Mobile: +590-690 + six-digit mobile number • To call USA: +1 + area code + number • To call mainland France: +33 + 10-digit number Calling from French St. Martin • To call within St. Martin: Dial the number • To call Dutch St. Maarten: Landline: +1 721 + seven-digit landline number Mobile: +1 721 + seven-digit mobile number • To call USA: +1 + area code + number • To call mainland France: 10-digit number Free internet access is provided in most hotels, although some may charge a daily Wi-Fi fee. Check with your hotel prior to booking if internet is included. You can also rent a phone or buy a chip for your phone; contact Telem or UTS (Chippie) for current pricing. CURRENCY/CREDIT CARDS Although US dollars are accepted almost everywhere on both sides, the two official currencies are the euro on the French side and the Netherlands Antillean guilder (called naf or florin) on the Dutch side. You can change money at banks and change points, like Moneygram or Western Union, but be aware many places do not accept traveler’s checks, checks from foreign banks or American Express. Most establishments will accept other major credit cards. CUSTOMS/DUTY Although many tourist destinations claim to be duty-free, St. Maarten/St. Martin is the only destination in the West Indies that can truly claim a tax-free status; and there are no particular customs procedures. Products for personal use (tobacco, cameras and video cameras) are permitted in small quantities without being subject to specific procedures or taxes. With no customs duties, VAT or other indirect taxes to pay, the island offers unbeatable prices on many items. Make sure to consult the authorities in your country to learn the conditions regarding taking items home after your visit. For EU residents: Travelers 16 years and older are allowed 200 cigarettes/50 cigars, two liters of wine and one liter of liquor (over 22 percent alcohol) or two liters of drinks (under 22 percent alcohol). DRINKING AGE The legal drinking age on St. Maarten/St. Martin is 18 years. GRATUITIES Tips at restaurants are generally not included in the final bill but are welcome for good service. Tipping ranges from 10 to 20 percent, depending on the quality of service. Many French-side restaurant bills include tips. HEALTH Vaccinations are not required when entering St. Maarten/St. Martin. Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is recommended. High-SPF sunscreen is essential and recommended for those not used to intense sunlight. A good pair of sunglasses and a hat are strongly recommended. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by using nets, wearing long clothing and using insect repellent. 2019 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS January 1: New Year’s Day February 17: St. Martin Carnival begins (French side)

February 28–March 3: Heineken Regatta March 5: Mardi Gras (French side) April 19: Good Friday April 20: St. Maarten Carnival begins (Dutch side) April 21: Easter Sunday April 22: Easter Monday April 27: King’s Day (Dutch side) April 30: Carnival Day (Dutch side) May 1: Labor Day May 27: Abolition Day (French side) May 30: Ascension Day June 9: Whit Sunday July 1: Emancipation Day July 14: Bastille Day (French side) October 14: Constitution Day (Dutch side) November 11: St. Maarten Day December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day IMMIGRATION All visitors require a valid passport, and certain countries may also require a visa. European, US and Canadian visitors require a valid passport and a return or continuing ticket. Canadian residents require a landing permit in addition to a valid passport and a return or continuing ticket. IMPORTANT NUMBERS French side: SAMU (ambulance) Gendarmes Firefighters Police (Marigot) Police (Grand Case) Firefighters (La Savane) Firefighters (Grand Case) Gendarmerie (Marigot) Gendarmerie (La Savane) Gendarmerie (Quartier d’Orléans)

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Dutch side: Emergency Ambulance Doctors on duty Police Firefighters Coast Guard Hospital

911 912 or 542-2111 5111 911 or 542-2222 919 or 542-6001 913 or 545-5075 910 or 543-1111

KIDS An ideal island for kids, St. Maarten/St. Martin offers a wide variety of activities to make children of all ages happy. Visit one of the 37 beautiful beaches, introduce them to a new water sport or explore exotic nature reserves. Many activities are ocean oriented, like snorkeling, diving, jet-skiing, parasailing and island boat tours. Discover the beauty of the marine park with its colorful fish, turtles, rays and corals. Scuba diving centers have experienced divers to instruct and certify children 10 years or older. Windsurfing and surfing lessons for children are available on the calm waters of Galion Bay and Orient Beach. Sailing lessons on real racing yachts are accessible for kids age 12 or older, and no prior sailing experience is required. Guided kayak tours in the mangroves are also fantastic. Emilio Wilson Park, located in Dutch Cul de Sac is a great park for children to play. Seaside Nature Park in Cole Bay has horseback/pony rides for all


levels, and a discovery farm with all miniature farm animals and a small playground. Special zip lines at Loterie Farm near Pic Paradis on the French side are great for kids, too. Many hotels and resorts have babysitting services and kids’ clubs with professional staff to supervise children. VIP babysitting services allow infants, children, teens and young adults to have an opportunity to create, learn, discover and enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean in the privacy of their villa or mega yacht, and are available days, evenings and overnight stays but must be booked well in advance. LANGUAGES St. Maarten/St. Martin is a melting pot with over 100 different nationalities. On the French side, French is spoken in government departments and schools. On the Dutch side, Dutch is used in government departments and some schools, but English is widely spoken everywhere. Spanish, Creole and Papiamento are also widely spoken on both sides. NATURE Both sides have a variety of nature parks, protected beaches and waters. Environmental protection and the development of commercial activities work together; dive clubs and tour companies offer excursions in the protected waters of the Réserve Naturelle (French side). All partners are committed to respecting the environment, defending environmental regulations and educating about all the natural heritage sites. Some of these protected sites are The Tiki Hut and Seaside Nature Park, Pinel Island, Tintamarre, Orient Bay and Creole

Rock. Sea turtles are protected animals on the island, and the St. Maarten Nature Foundation Sea Turtle Watch Group has initiatives for their conservation. Both governments may forbid certain activities in certain areas (such as hiking, motorized transportation and anchorage). PETS You may bring pets to the island, but first consult your hotel or host to ensure your pet is welcome. Animals are temporarily admitted with a health certificate dated no more than 10 days before visit and a record of inoculations, including a rabies shot administered no more than 30 days before travel. On the French side, small dogs on a leash are welcome in most places but are not allowed on beaches. POPULATION Approximately 41,000 people live on St. Maarten and 36,000 on St. Martin for a combined total of 77,000. RELIGION St. Maarten/St. Martin is a peaceful mix of Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh-day Adventist, Rastafarian and Hindu communities. Due to widespread immigration and the multiethnic culture of the island, many religious communities coexist side by side. Religion plays an important role in daily life, so it’s important to respect everyone. SAFETY Travelers are always advised to take safety

precautions. It is discouraged to walk alone in quiet or deserted streets, especially at night. Only marked taxis booked through a reputable service should be used. Valuables should be locked in your hotel’s safe. Do not leave handbags or other valuables unattended in cars or on beaches. Although all 37 beaches are public, keep in mind there are no lifeguards present. It is ideal to use credit cards and not carry large amounts of cash. TOURIST OFFICE St. Maarten Tourist Office (Dutch side) +1-721-542-2337 St. Martin Tourist Office (French side) +590-590-87-57-21 or +590-590-51-05-30 stmartinisland.org Government information service (Dutch side) +1-721-542-4119 St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) (Dutch side) +1-721-542-0108 St. Maarten Marine Trade Association (SMMTA) (Dutch side) +1-721-544-2408 St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA) (Dutch side) +1-721-542-2364 Indian Merchants Association (IMA) (Dutch side) +1-721-587-1002 Chamber of Commerce (Dutch side) +1-721-542-3590

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry (French side) +590-590-27-91-51 Rotary Club (Dutch side) +1-721-587-0506 or 721-586-8888 Lions Club (Dutch side) +1-721-542-2648 Weather forecast (Dutch side) +1-721-545-4226 TRANSPORTATION By renting a car, you can easily explore the island. Drive through mountain areas and lush tropical forests. It is easy to find your own favorite spot in the sun with a rental car. Requirements To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old and have held your driver’s license for at least one year. Seatbelts and child seats are mandatory. Payment must be done with a major credit card. Speed Limit Town and city: 50 kmh (30 mph). Traffic Restrictions Drive on the right side of the road. Talking on cell phones and drinking are prohibited while driving. Driver must always wear a seatbelt. Petrol/Gas There are stations throughout both sides of the Island, and many are open 24 hours. Dutch side typically is cash only.

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Taxis Taxi Dutch side: Airport Taxi Association +1-721-542-1681 St. Maarten Taxi Association +1-721-543-7815 Taxi French side: Taxis Yacht Club (+590 590) 87-26-07 Buses Minibuses cover most areas of the island. Although there is no fixed schedule, there are dedicated bus stops. Simply wait on the side of the road or at a bus stop and raise your hand to alert the driver when a minibus arrives. Buses generally accept euros and US dollars. Ferries Depart from both the Dutch and the French side: +1-264-235-6205

Calypso Charters: +1-264-584-8504

Funtime: +1-264-497-6812 +1-264-497-6511 +1-264-235-8106 +1-264-235-7022 Gotcha: +1-264-497-2956 M.V. Shauna VI: +1-264-476-6275/6534 Pinel Island Departure from French Cul de Sac pier ($10 round trip) St. Barths St. Maarten: +1-721-542-0032 St. Martin: +590-690-71-83-01 Airline Handlers Arrindell Aviation: +1-721-546-7847 Signature Flights: +1-721-546-7842 WATER St. Maarten/St. Martin does not have a freshwater source; tap water comes exclusively from the desalination plant. Water has become very expensive and should be used sparingly for the sake of the environment. Spring and mineral water are available for purchase everywhere.

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AQUA MANIA ADVENTURES, PG. 52 Simpson Bay Resort Tel: +1 721-544-2640 | +1 721-544-2631 stmaarten-activities.com Make your St. Maarten vacation memories with Aqua Mania Adventures. Our Leisure Technicians will plan unforgettable trips to Saba and St. Barths on Edge, a high-speed ferry. Offering day sails to Anguilla with Lambada and Tango, scuba diving with dive adventures, sunset sails, dinner cruises and all the exciting excursions St. Maarten has to offer. Every day is a new adventure. Book now! Ask for us at your Activity Desk or book online at stmaarten-activities.com.   EAGLE TOURS, PG. 51 Dock Maarten, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-3323 | +1 721-587-5828 +590 690-342154 Email: eagletours@sailingsxm.com sailingsxm.com Eagle Tours sails to, among others, St. Barths, Anguilla, Prickly Pear, Tintamarre and Creole Rock. These prime destinations are carried out with our fast, comfortable, sailing catamarans Quality Time, Too Rhum Punch, Seaduction and the newest addition — a new upmarket luxury power cat, Magic Time. All tours include the best service, hotel transfer, snacks, open bar, lunch in a beachside restaurant and Champagne toast. Highly recommended are the original around-the-island Farewell Tours and Ecotours. ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA, PG. 55 February 28, 2019–March 3, 2019 heinekenregatta.com Four days of world-class racing set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean and powered by the cooling northeast trade winds. And with Heineken as the title sponsor, the racing days blend seamlessly into four nights of exceptional parties. Come and enjoy life in the Caribbean, and some “Serious Fun!” ST. MAARTEN 12 METRE REGATTA, PG. 49 “AMERICA’S CUP YACHT RACING” Dock Maarten, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-0045 Email: 12metre@delislewalwyn.com 12metre.com The 12 Metre Regatta is one of the most unique boating charters in the world and consistently voted as a top shore excursion in the Caribbean. Your immersive experience racing aboard our legendary 12 Metre America’s Cup yachts is an adventure your whole family will relive for years to come. SXM DEALS, PG. 48 Tel: +1 800-456-4074 sxmdeals.com  The only online activity center in St. Maarten/ St. Martin that offers over 100 tours and private charters on more than 20 different powerboats and sailboats. Snorkeling trips, jet-skiing, excursions to Anguilla and Prickly Pear, scuba diving, island guided tours, sailing and exciting powerboat tours are just some of their activities. Visit the website, learn about the island’s activities and book now.  SEAFUN WATERSPORTS, PG. 52 Kim Sha Beach, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-581-6097  Email: seafunsxm@gmail.com seafunsxm.com Watersports that will leave you with unforgettable memories of the island. SeaFun Watersports will make sure to accommodate your needs and satisfy you with a wide range of activities such as boat charters, Jet Ski tours, jet pack, jet surfing, flyboarding, seabob, tubing and snorkeling. Specialized in VIP training, and water toys can be provided for rentals. 

ACTIVITIES | LAND

JOHNNY’S SCOOTER RENTAL, PG. 64 26 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd. (next to Chesterfields), Philipsburg

Tel: +1 721-587-0272 | +1 305-454-1868 Email: scootertours@yahoo.com info@johnnysscooterrental.com johnnysscooterrental.com Johnny’s Scooter and ATV Rental is St. Maarten’s number one scooter and ATV rental company. Besides their rental services, they are also well known for their famous scooter and ATV tour that is ranked as one of the best tours on the island. The tour enables tourists to enjoy the very best of both sides (Dutch and French) of The Friendly Island in a way that is very unique. Online reservations can be made on the company’s website. LUCKY STABLES, PG. 64 Seaside Nature Park, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-5255 | +1 721-526-5238 Email: bookings@seasidenaturepark.com seasidenaturepark.com Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lucky Stables at Seaside Nature Park offers  horseback riding tours, with no riding experience needed! Daily one-hour tours with swim, or try the featured Sunset Champagne Ride, a two-hour trail ride with bonfire and Champagne and going into the sea at sunset. Also located at Seaside Nature Park is the Discovery Farm with all miniature farm animals, a small playground and pony rides for the little ones. Packages are offered for birthday parties, team building or other special events. MULLET BAY GOLF COURSE, PG. 64 Tel: +1 721-545-2580 | +1 721-545-3069 St. Maarten offers an 18-hole, par-70, Joseph Lee designed golf course, offering a great challenge to the avid golfer. Ask your activities desk to get you set up with a round. For golf accessories, including golf club rentals, call the golf shop. RAINFOREST ADVENTURES ST. MAARTEN, PG. 59 Rockland Estate, Dutch Cul de Sac Tel: +1 721-543-1135 Email: sales.sxm@rainforestadventure.com rainforestadventuresxm.com Zip, slide, fly! Fun for the whole family. Home to the award-winning and the steepest zip line in the world, The Flying Dutchman! From 360° vistas of neighboring islands to a traditional zip line to sliding down a mountainside, Rockland Estate has an adventure for everyone. “Real Nature, Real Fun!” SEAGRAPE TOURS, PG. 62 Tel: +1 721-586-0297 Email: seagrapetours@gmail.com seagrapetours.com Highly rated hiking, birding, history and art tours by a knowledgeable guide with a maximum of six guests per tour, visiting both sides of the island. Homemade lemongrass iced tea and banana bread included. Free pickup from Philipsburg and Oyster Pond hotels. TIJON PARFUMERIE, PG. 60 1 L’Espérance Road, Grand Case Tel: +590 690-227470 | +1 721-581-4586 Email: john@tijon.com tijon.com Experience the luxury of handcrafted products ranging from fragrances to body and skin care, all made with the finest ingredients by St. Martin’s perfumer John Berglund. Located in Grand Case, the boutique parfumerie also offers the unique opportunity to create your own perfume or cologne. TRISPORT, PG. 63 14B Airport Blvd., Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-4384 | +1 721-588-6009 Email: tours@trisportsxm.com Facebook: TriSportSXMTours trisportsxm.com 181 Rue de Hollande, Marigot Tel: +590 590-870891 Facebook: Tri-Sport Marigot Let them show you the island like no one else can. Enjoy bicycle tours and rentals; kayak tours and rentals; SUP rentals; hiking tours;

the popular tour “Adventure St. Maarten — The RACE. Visit the retail stores for all your bicycle and triathlon needs (and great souvenir T-shirts and jerseys). Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ARTS AND CULTURE

THE ART BOX GALLERY, PG. 127 Welfare Road 89a, Cole Bay Tel: + 1 721-588-5999 Email: theartboxsxm@gmail.com    Facebook: The Art Box Gallery Home of Zdenka West Indies jewelry collection, handcrafted at the gallery studio by Zdenka Kiric, this organic distinctively uncommon take on traditional gemstones will make you feel emerged into the island essence. Refined selection of Caribbean paintings, sculptures, ceramics, art books and more is on display. ARTCRAFTCAFE ART GALLERY & ART SCHOOL, PG. 127 Front Street 3A, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-580-0432 Email: tess@artcraftcafe.com Facebook: Artcraftgallery Sint Maarten artcraftcafe.com Local artist Tess Verheij invites you to visit her colorful Art Gallery on Front Street. Tess is an all-round artist who works with different mediums — from acrylics, inks and oils to pastels, Vitrail and sand paintings. Art classes, glass fusion and pottery are hosted in her studio upstairs. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ROLAND RICHARDSON GALLERY MUSEUM, PG. 129 6 Rue de la République, Marigot Tel/WhatsApp: +1 721-553-7524 rolandrichardson.com Discover a rare 19th-century Creole home in the heart of Marigot with a magical courtyard tropical garden and the color-rich, bedazzling collection of “Plein Air” artwork, all done on location from life by native artist Sir Roland Richardson. A treasure to be discovered! TROPISMES GALLERY, PG. 127 107 Boulevard de Grand Case, Grand Case Tel: +590 690-546269 Email: contact@tropismesgallery.com Facebook: tropismesgallery tropismesgallery.com Founded in 2005 by renowned painter Paul Elliott Thuleau, Tropismes Gallery has presented more than 20 shows of contemporary Caribbean artists over the past 13 years, including painters, sculptors, photographers, art conferences and books. The gallery viewsa unique mix of Caribbean culture.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

ALPHA HEALTHCARE SERVICES, PG. 132 86 Arch Road, Madame Estate (across from the Zoo) Tel: +1 721-559-3200 WhatsApp: +1 721-559-3200 +1 787-349-4464 Email: alphahealthsxm@gmail.com Facebook: AlphaHealthcareSXM Alpha Healthcare Services is supported with 38 years of medical/healthcare knowledge. Customer focus and integrity are valued within AHCS. Their knowledge of therapy and treatment continues to evolve as the healthcare industry does. AHCS provides the durable and consumable products needed for St. Maarten and the surrounding islands. Contact them about your medical equipment needs. Purchase and rentals are available. Insurance accepted with prior approval. GIGI’S ORGANIC FOOD & DRINKS, PG. 133 57 Airport Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-6566 | +1 721-556-6566 Email: gigi.stmaarten@gmail.com Facebook: gigisorganic gigistmaarten.com We serve a wide variety of breakfast dishes from organic and vegan to local St. Maarten

breakfast. Lunch has many delicious options to sooth everyone’s taste and you will find many new and old Caribbean favorites on the dinner menu. Our fresh ingredients are from local farmers markets and organic suppliers. Delivery available. Daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. for great discounts on drinks. THE SPA AT BELMOND LA SAMANNA, PG. 131 Baie Longue, Low Lands Tel: +590 590-876569 Email: spa.las@belmond.com belmond.com Enjoy head-to-toe pampering and slip into a world of pure relaxation. Our spa menu features a wide range of world-class massages and treatments using products from luxurious French brands. Five treatment rooms and a couple’s room open out onto lush tropical gardens.  

NEIGHBORING ISLANDS

CUISINART GOLF CLUB, PG. 137 CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa The Reef by CuisinArt Residences by CuisinArt Anguilla Tel: +1 264-498-5602 Email: golf@cuisinart.ai resortsandresidencesbycuisinart.com Resorts & Residences by CuisinArt presents CuisinArt Golf Club for the ultimate golf experience in the Caribbean — a Greg Norman Signature Design 18-Hole Championship Course with breathtaking views and challenging, dramatic holes, where sand, wind and water blend seamlessly with Anguilla’s natural environment to present a golfer’s paradise.   GREAT BAY EXPRESS, PG. 139 Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-0032 greatbayferry.com Great Bay Express located at Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg, has the best competitive prices in the region, with children 3 years old and under traveling for free and children 4 to 12 years old traveling at reduced price. Also, regular adult tickets are the lowest you will find anywhere in the area. Customer service, online booking and shuttle service. Regular schedules for St. Maarten, St. Barths, Saba and St. Eustatius.

NIGHT LIFE

CASINO ROYALE, PG. 122 Rhine Road, Maho Village playmaho.com The largest gaming emporium on the island of St. Maarten, boasting over 21,000 square feet of gaming, 19 tables, 400 slot machines, a private “high-roller” area, the biggest theatre in the region with free Vegas-style production shows weekly, Déjà Vu VIP Lounge, live music, VIP packages, screenings, free membership with Club Royale, the most rewarding program in the Caribbean with large value rebates, hotel stays, fine dining and more. Welcome to the stronger and brand-new Casino Royale St. Maarten! MAHO VILLAGE, PG. 122 Rhine Road, Maho Village mahovillage.com As the epicenter of St. Maarten, Maho Village is a destination within a destination that redefines entertainment, dining, shopping and gaming in a vibrant resort atmosphere. Steps away from the famous plane landings over Maho Beach, Maho Village features free valet parking, duty-free boutiques, a host of international restaurants, bars, cafés and lounges to suit every palate and mood, while show-stopping scenes create memorable Maho moments. THE RED PIANO, PG. 123 35 Billy Folly Road, Pelican Key Tel: +1 721-52PIANO (74266) Email: info@theredpianosxm.com Facebook: The Red Piano - St. Maarten theredpianosxm.com The Red Piano is famous for its nightly live music and vast selection of spirits. Catch a world-


renowned pianist every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, this is the place to be with their famous house band “Church on Monday,” followed by one of the island’s top DJs. Fridays are Caribbean nights with the Tonik band followed by DJ Tete spinning the best Caribbean tunes. Doors open at 8 p.m., with shows at 9 p.m. SOGGY DOLLAR BAR, PG. 123 Palapa Marina 28 Airport Road, Simpson Bay Facebook: soggydollarbar Twitter: soggydollarsxm soggydollarsxm.com Palapa Marina is home of the famous Soggy Dollar Bar. View the world’s most beautiful yachts while enjoying the open-air atmosphere. At night, Soggy Dollar Bar is a favorite among tourists and locals. The biggest light show on the island, an extensive liquor selection and the best resident DJ’s make Soggy Dollar Bar the hottest spot on the island.

OTHER

BOOKSXM, PG. 167 Toll Free: +1 844 796 2665 US: +33 805 080061 Europe Facebook: BookStMartin booksxm.com This Central Reservation System is the new trend in travel to make direct bookings for hotels, villas, yachts, cars, flights, excursions, restaurants, golf tee times, diving and much more. Contact the call center or visit the website. Consider us your Personal Concierge. BookSXM offers the best curated experience you will ever have. Using the best and latest technologies BookSXM can offer distribution, yield and revenue management. THE DAILY HERALD, PG. 159 22 Bush Road, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-5253 | +1 721-542-5597 thedailyherald.sx The Daily Herald is brought to you by a dedicated and capable staff, committed to serving the public with objective and reliable information as the number one source for news about St. Maarten, surrounding islands and the world. Both the advertisements and editorial content are prepared with the utmost professionalism, resulting in a great newspaper printed fresh every morning. DOLLAR/THRIFTY CAR RENTAL, PG. 161 102 Airport Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-2393 US: +1 866-978-0932 | CA: +1 416-628-2863 Email: customerservice@dollarthriftysxm.com dollarthriftysxm.com Dollar/Thrifty Car Rental has been known for years as the best car rental in St. Maarten/ St. Martin, offering an amazing selection of quality vehicles and committed personalized service. Conveniently located near and at the airport, Dollar/Thrifty Car Rental provides secure and reliable car rentals at the best rates. ISLAND 92, PG. 158 Tel: +1 721-544-3377 | US: +1 786-693-9200 island92.com Island 92 is the premiere rock, blues and good time music station on the island of St. Maarten. The station broadcasts live across the northeast Caribbean and online to 97 countries worldwide and remains a link between the busy world out there and the laid back dreamy vacation land for ex-pats who prefer flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts to wing tips. Check out island92.com or tune in on air at 91.9 FM. RTGH PHOTOGRAPHY, PG. 158 Tel: +1 721-527-3939 Email: info@rtghphotography.com rtghphotography.com Capture your memories in a flash with RTGH Photography. They provide detailed, professional, high-quality photo services. Family, portraits, weddings and events, aviation and much more.

SEABORNE AIRLINES, Calendar Tirri Building, (Caribbean Airport Facilities, Inc.) Box 15, 150 Carr. Sector Central Carolina, Puerto Rico Tel: +1 866-359-8784 Email: reservations@seaborneairlines.com marketing@seaborneairlines.com seaborneairlines.com Seaborne Airlines, operating in the Caribbean for over 25 years, is one of the largest regional carriers in the Caribbean. Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and seaplane base, St. Croix airport and seaplane base, Anguilla, Antigua, Tortola, Dominica, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis. SINT MAARTEN WEDDINGS, PG. 143 5 Plaza del Lago 5, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-554-3389 | US: +1 954-903-0661 Email: info@sintmaartenweddings.com sintmaartenweddings.com Sint Maarten Weddings is a full-service wedding and event planning company. Their team of experienced wedding planners will guide you through all the steps toward that “once in a lifetime fairy tale wedding.” From legal paperwork to entertainment and anything else that will make your day memorable, they solve problems you didn't even know you had! THE STATIONS OF PHILIPSBURG BROADCASTING, PG. 158 Tel: +1 721-543-2200 Email: marketing@philbroad.com laser101.fm / oasis963.fm / tropixx.fm The Stations of Philipsburg Broadcasting offer a listening choice for everyone with LASER 101.1 Top 40 Hit Radio; OASIS 96.3, the softer side of St. Maarten, Oldies and Easy Listening; TROPIXX 105.5, St. Maarten’s only all-Caribbean music station with music from Cuba to Aruba; and MIX 94.7 no talk more music, adult contemporary. SXM TALKS, PG. 159 sxm-talks.com Bringing the major local news from newspapers and blogs from St. Maarten/St. Martin, SXM Talks is a news distribution platform where users can easily obtain all major local news, express their opinions and join in (anonymously) on discussions. Download the app or visit the website and stay involved in the matters that matter. 

REAL ESTATE AND ACCOMMODATIONS

ATRIUM BEACH RESORT & SPA, PG. 150 6 Billy Folly Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 844-452-8687 latourhotelsandresorts.com The Atrium is located right in the center of the best St. Maarten has to offer. Beach, bars, restaurants and nightlife are just steps away from this all-suite resort. No wonder the Atrium has a reputation of offering the best vacation value on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin. INDIGO GREEN, PG. 151 Tel: +1 721-543-7999 | US: +1 701-599-7999 indigogreen.sx Located in the gated community of Indigo Bay, Indigo Green is the leading example of a community of well-built oceanfront modern villas and condos. Indigo Green stands apart by offering a multitude of eco-friendly and sustainable energy-saving amenities. They incorporate the latest designs for a better lifestyle, benefitting from the latest technologies, construction methods and state-of-theart products. ISLAND REAL ESTATE TEAM, PG. 144 91-B Welfare Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-4240 Email: info@ireteam.com Facebook: islandrealestateteamsxm ireteam.com Featured seven times on HGTV’s House Hunters International and Caribbean Life, as

well as on NBC’s Open House. Island Real Estate Team is widely recognized as the leading agency on the island. Established in 2009, the “IREteam” is the largest and most experienced sales team in St. Maarten/ St. Martin. They specialize on the Dutch side but also serve French St. Martin, Anguilla and other neighboring islands. 

Facebook: beirut.sxm For a memorable culinary experience, visit Beirut restaurant. The menu has a large choice of authentic Lebanese dishes, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and a wide selection of homemade desserts. Delicious hookah flavors can be enjoyed after dinner or just lounging.

JENNIFER’S VACATION VILLAS, PG. 147 Plaza del Lago, Simpson Bay Yacht Club Tel: +1 721-544-3107 | US: +1 631-546-7345 Email: info@jennifersvacationvillas.com jennifersvacationvillas.com Jennifer’s Vacation Villas can help you choose your perfect location with the finest selection in exclusive private villa rentals from casual to luxurious, with beachfront or hillside locations on both the Dutch and the French side of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Specializing in sales, vacation rentals, long-term rentals, property management and wedding and event planning.

BUCCANEER BEACH BAR, PG. 101 10 Billy Folly Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-522-9700 Email: info@buccaneerbeachbar.com buccaneerbeachbar.com Buccaneer Beach Bar, located on Kim Sha Beach, is open daily from 10:30 a.m. till late. It is the place where vacationers and locals come together to enjoy an open, tiki-style atmosphere, fresh-air grill, pizza, live music, fireballs on the beach, and breathtaking sunsets. Parking available for your boat, dinghy, car or bike. Buccaneer is a true Caribbean beach bar experience!

LA VISTA RESORT, PG. 150 53 Billy Folly Road, Pelican Key Estate Tel: +1 721-544-3005 Email: info@lavistaresort.com lavistaresort.com La Vista Resort is a small enchanting family owned and operated resort. With a tasteful combination of traditional Caribbean charm and European flavor, the result is spectacular. The fully equipped luxurious accommodations have panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. La Vista Resort epitomizes the ideal “home away from home.” The personal touch, oneto-one contact with staff and management, and the feeling of being part of an extended family are La Vista Resort’s key elements of a perfect vacation environment. RE/MAX ISLAND PROPERTIES, PG. 149 62 Welfare Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-4580 US toll-free: +1 866-978-0470 +1 866-978-5851 Email: info@remaxislandproperties.com remaxislandproperties.com Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX — and nobody in St. Maarten/ St. Martin sells more than RE/MAX Island Properties! For more than 20 years, RE/MAX Island Properties has offered a wide range of services, including sales, luxury vacation rentals, long-term rentals and property management. Whether you are buying, selling, renting or require property management for your home, you need look no further than the award-winning agents at RE/MAX Island Properties. SONESTA RESORTS ST. MAARTEN, PG. 154 Rhine Road, Maho Village Tel: +1 721-545-2115 | +1 800-766-3782 Email: reservations@sonestastmaarten.com sonesta.com/stmaarten The limitless all-inclusive adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort embraces a contemporary Caribbean style, offering the ultimate luxury vacation experience. The 130 all-suite resort offers breathtaking views over Maho Bay, features three pools, including the Edge pool with cliff-side beach; four bars; three restaurants, including the new tapas-style Casa Blue located on the rooftop of Azul Restaurant; room service; a fitness center and more. The limitless all-inclusive family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa offers a fun, exhilarating vacation experience featuring a Kids Club, Teen Zone and scheduled activity programs for all ages. The 10-acre, 416-room beachfront resort’s new contemporary design offers a variety of accommodations, the signature Oasis pool area with swim-up bar and mini aqua park, five bars and restaurants and a pizzeria, Serenity Spa and more.

RESTAURANTS

BEIRUT, PG. 103 29 Airport Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-3612 Email: beiruitsxm@hotmail.com

CAROUSEL GELATERIA BAR, PG. 67 60A Welfare Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3112 Facebook: carouselsxm carouselstmaarten.com This colorful Italian-style atmosphere of wonderful mosaics is by far the most impressive place to enjoy ice cream on St. Maarten. Dozens of rich and creamy flavors await you! You can also enjoy Italian coffee with a delicious waffle or crepe, available with different toppings. The cheerful merry-go-round and the play area for kids guarantee a fun time for the entire family. COFFEE LOUNGE, PG. 96 5 Front Street, Philipsburg across from Guavaberry Tel: +1 721-542-9094 Email: seema@sxmcoffeelounge.com Facebook: sxmcoffeelounge Coffee Lounge offers amazing coffee and frappes with at least 80 varieties to choose from. You will also find an amazing selection of pastries and creative and tasteful innovations for breakfast and lunch, all in a relaxed, cozy, airconditioned atmosphere. This is the place where friends meet friends! Free Wi-Fi available.  DINGHY DOCK, PG. 110 Portofino Marina, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-1706 Facebook: dinghydockSB dinghydockbar.com A true Caribbean dive bar with the attitude to match. “Pour your own” drinks, the only craft beers on the island, 100+ bottles and draft, too. The kitchen makes some of the best casual bar food around. Dinghy Dock Bar: “A dangerous place in a safe harbor.” EMILIO’S, PG. 95 59 L.B. Scott Road, Dutch Cul de Sac Tel: +1 721-522-1848 Facebook: emiliossxm emilios-sxm.com Located within the historical heritage site Rockland Estate, Emilio’s is the island’s newest and finest dining experience. Showcasing the culinary creations of Chef Dino of Temptation fame, Emilio’s serves lunch classics and some surprising takes on traditional island dishes. By night, Emilio’s is a fine-dining experience that offers a blend of Dino’s favorites and delightful new culinary creations, innovative cocktails and the Dutch side’s largest wine collection — all guaranteed to make Emilio’s a memorable culinary experience. THE HIDEAWAY AT LA VISTA, PG. 103 53 Billy Folly Road, Pelican Key Estate Tel: +1 721-544-3005 Email: info@lavistaresort.com lavistaresort.com The Hideaway was first established in 1987 as a cozy little restaurant/bar perched beside an overflowing pool that ran over onto a spectacular view. The international cuisine is exquisitely presented and reasonably priced with generous

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 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS portions. This tranquil nook is the perfect setting for breakfasts, long lunches and candlelit dinners. INFINITY RESTAURANT, PG. 120 at Oyster Bay Beach Resort 10 Emerald Merit Road, Oyster Pond Tel: +1 721-543-6040 Infinity Restaurant has a whole new look and a new international menu crafted by worldfamous restaurateur Spartaco. Indoor/ outdoor oceanfront dining, succulent dishes — including island delicacies and traditional favorites — impeccable service and captivating ocean views make your memories last forever at Infinity Restaurant at Oyster Bay Beach Resort. Call for reservations. JIMBO’S ROCK & BLUES CAFÉ, PG. 105 Simpson Bay Marina Tel: +1 721-544-3600 E-Mail: jimboscafe.sxm@gmail.com Facebook: Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café SXM jimboscafe.com “Great Dining, Strong Drinks, Fun Atmosphere — Jimbo’s” Big portions, great classic Rock and Blues, not to mention the gorgeous open-air dining, surrounded by a freshwater pool, waterfalls and the only swim-up bar/ restaurant on St. Maarten! What more could you ask for? Well, how about Mexican gourmet to order — for starters, Grouper Ceviche or a mound of Deluxe Nachos Grande, and main courses like Sizzlin’ Fajitas, Fall of de Bone Baby Backs, or Stuffed Grouper Chipotle — perfectly paired with a glass, fishbowl or pitcher of the best margarita on the planet! Open from noon to 10 p.m.; happy hour 4 to 7 p.m. KARAKTER BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT, PG. 108 121 Simpson Bay Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-523-9983 Email: info@karakterbeach.com Facebook: karaktersxm Karakter is your favorite beach bar/restaurant with complimentary beach chairs for guests. Karakter’s menu offers a great variety of tasteful dishes for lunch and dinner. Located on the mile-long Simpson Bay Beach, halfway down the runway. Follow the blue and yellow road signs. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. MANDARIN, PG. 114 at Princess Port de Plaisance 155 Union Road, Cole Bay (located next to Princess Casino) Tel: +1 721-522-9159 mandarinsxm.com Everything for your Asian craving! From sushi to stir-fries from the wok, they feature a full-fledged Pan Asian menu including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and the not-tobe-missed ramen bowls. With an option of air-conditioned and outside seating, this restaurant is sure to satisfy every palate. MÉLANGE GRILLE ST. MAARTEN, PG. 115 at Princess Port de Plaisance 155 Union Road, Cole Bay (located next to Princess Casino) Tel: +1 721-526-4049 Email: reservation@melangesxm.com melangesxm.com A must-visit restaurant in St. Maarten with a live barbecue grill in the middle of every table. Show off your barbecue skills with an all-you-can-eat-style service of succulent meats, seafood and sides, accompanied with appetizers and salads. They also feature an a la carte menu with light fares, steaks and fish. OCEAN LOUNGE, PG. 97 Holland House Beach Hotel 45 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2572 hhbh.com Overlooking Great Bay, the Ocean Lounge serves award-winning food that is a blend of European and Caribbean flavors. The chef

uses the freshest ingredients available on the island to create eclectic and modern dishes. The Ocean Lounge’s wine list, awarded with a Wine Spectator award, surely promises a great matching wine to accompany your lunch or dinner. SALE & PEPE, PG. 107 Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-527-5019 Facebook: sale-pepe-sxm This divine family-style Italian restaurant offers the best authentic Sicilian food. Owner and Chef Davide makes his dishes with fresh fish and a variety of other seafood mixed with directly imported Sicilian products and fresh Caribbean ingredients. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are also available. Don’t miss out on the Sale & Pepe gastronomic experience from their family restaurant to your family table. SHIEKA’S RESTAURANT & BISTRO, PG. 98 50 Back Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721- 542-0068 Email: shiekas@caribserve.net Facebook: shiekasbistro shiekas-sxm.com If you are looking for the “Ultimate Local Dining Experience,” look no further. Located right in the heart of Philipsburg, Shieka’s vegetarian and Caribbean cuisine offers you a taste of paradise with home-style cooking of healthy and local favorites. Enjoy homemade fresh juices at the bar and a lively atmosphere with local décor and a friendly team. SKIPJACK’S, PG. 106 Seafood Grill, Bar & Fish Market Welfare Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-2313 Facebook: Skip Jacks SXM Located on the lagoon in Simpson Bay, SkipJack’s offers a unique waterfront dining ambience with spectacular views. They feature “live” Maine and Caribbean lobsters and are known for their seafood, which is so fresh they have their own Fish Market. But landlubbers should not despair because SkipJack’s also serves great steaks, ribs, chicken, pastas, salads and homemade desserts. SPIGA, PG. 119 4 Route de l’Espérance, Grand Case Tel: +590 590-524783 Email: reservations@spiga-sxm.com Facebook: spiga restaurant spiga-sxm.com Spiga Restaurant treats your entire palate with delightful homemade pasta and a refined international assortment of gourmet dining selections featuring meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian options. Pasta is made fresh by hand daily and is used as the base for many classic Italian dishes. SUNSET BEACH BAR, PG. 113 2 Beacon Hill Road, Maho Area Tel: +1 721-545-2082 Facebook/Instagram: SunsetBeachBarSXM   sunsetsxm.com Sunset Beach Bar is uniquely located alongside the runway of St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport. To many visitors it’s known as “the hot spot” on the island where guests have a front-row oceanview seat to watch the iconic plane landings and takeoffs. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Live entertainment throughout the week! TACO MACHO, PG. 113 Parking Alegria Resort 2 Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill Tel: +1 721-553-6322 tacomacho.sx Believe it when they say they try their best to make the finest tacos on the island. They also serve tasty burritos, delicious enchiladas, yummy quesadillas, great burgers and many more nice dishes. Check them all out and have fun with good music and that Carib-

bean flavor that makes the difference. You will feel at home! TOP CARROT, PG. 107 Plaza del Lago, near Simpson Bay Yacht Club, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3381 Email: topcarrotsxm@gmail.com Facebook: Top Carrot Lydia and Peter’s refreshing oasis of health set in a casually ethnic interior offers fantastic smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices and rejuvenating concoctions that let you enjoy your fruits and veggies in countless variations. The cozy café venue features an abundance of homemade dishes, such as sandwiches, fresh salads, frittatas and omelets, yogurts, and eclectic daily specials, including at least one vegan option. Next to the restaurant you will find a cute gift shop as well. TOPPER’S RESTAURANT & BAR, PG. 111 113 Welfare Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1-721 544-3500 | +1-721 520-6760 sxmtoppers.com Topper’s Restaurant & Bar was voted #1 international restaurant. Set in a fun, airconditioned, Caribbean cottage — where this landmark eatery has been serving guests for over a decade — the iconic owner is always present to make sure guests have a great time. The menu has something for everyone, including locally caught seafood, comfort food, fresh salads, pasta and Certified Black Angus meats cooked to perfection. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy-hour specials. The cozy bar is a local hangout and well known for nightly live music and karaoke. ZEE BEST, PG. 102 Simpson Bay Yacht Club, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-2477 | +1 721-526-3097 zeebestrestaurant.com Established in 1983, Zee Best is a household name for vacationers and residents, serving freshly made French patisseries, coffee and tea, juices, delicious crepes and everything you could imagine made with eggs. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Zee Best Bakeshop on Airport Road serves pastries, sandwiches, brownies, muffins, smoothies, lattes and more. Zee Best is “zee” best place for breakfast and lunch.

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ART OF TIME, PG. Inside Front Cover, 1, 2-3 26 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2180 artoftimejewelers.com ARTISTIC JEWELERS 61 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-3456 artisticjewelers.com Artistic Jewelers and its sister store Art of Time are centrally located on Front Street and represent the finest watch and jewelry brands, including Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Breitling, Chanel, Chopard, David Yurman, Frey Wille, Gucci, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, John Hardy, Longines, Marco Bicego, Mikimoto, Montblanc, Omega, Panerai, Pomellato, Rado, Tissot, U-Boat and Vacheron Constantin. BALLERINA JEWELERS, PG. 4-5, 12-13, 17, 18-19, 20-21 53a and 56 Front Street, Philipsburg 6 Harbour Point Village, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-4399 Email: infosxm@ballerina-jewelers.com ballerina-jewelers.com A family-owned business, Ballerina Jewelers was established in 1987 and is known to be among the most trusted and respected jewelers in the Caribbean. Ballerina provides every client an unmatched customer experience combining personal attention with superior product selection in a luxurious in-store environment. Ballerina Jewelers’ 30-year career has been built in collaboration with top watchmakers and jewelers, including brands

such as Roger Dubuis, Franck Muller, Longines, Montblanc, Bell & Ross, Corum, Frédérique Constant, Oris, Fendi, Tacori, Simon G. Fope, Baraka, and more. Ballerina offers quality in elegant jewelry and timepieces. All purchases are guaranteed with certified appraisals and US service centers. CITIZEN WATCH — A true manufacture d’horlogérie with a comprehensive manufacturing process that extends from creating a watch’s individual components to its final assembly. Since its founding in 1918, CITIZEN has held the belief of “Better Starts Now” — no matter who you are and what you do, it is always possible to make something better, and now is the time to start doing it. Sharing this belief, they have made watches, invented and improved technologies and explored the future of watches such as their proprietary light-powered Eco-Drive technology, and satellite-synchronized timekeeping system Satellite Wave. EBEL — Its success has been built upon the perfect fusion of technical excellence and a passion for aesthetically daring and timeless, distinctive design. A passion for innovation and excellence in watch design has always been at the heart of EBEL. Renowned today for its iconic bracelet design with signature waveshape links, EBEL continues to create timepieces that embody luxury and contemporary elegance with subtle yet exquisite detail. FOPE — An Italian goldsmith, an international jewelry brand, and a tradition established in 1929 that keeps innovating. The patented Flex’it collections have become a trademark of this brand, with flexible bracelets and rings made entirely of gold thanks to dozens of tiny gold springs. Every jewel is created inhouse, and the FOPE collections have evolved through the decades but have always remained true to the founders’ values: attention to detail, top-notch quality and unmistakable elegance. HIDALGO — His jewelry is a hip and fun line of beautiful rings, bracelets, and more. They’re stackable and customizable. Hidalgo is mostly known for his evergreen colorful 18k gold enamel and diamond rings, which can be mix matched and stacked together. He also does fine diamond jewelry, such as diamond bands, inside-out diamond hoop earrings, diamond bangles and micro pavé settings as well. LE VIAN — The only company to make Trendsetting Designer jewelry with Chocolate Diamonds®, natural color brown diamonds. Le Vian jewelry has become a regular on the Red Carpet. Worn by celebrities and style icons around the world, Le Vian is known for its exquisite chocolate diamond collections. PANDORA — Hand-finished and contemporary jewelry made from high-quality materials at affordable prices. Pandora offers modern, highquality, hand-finished products. The collectible charm bracelet is Pandora’s cornerstone product and fosters repeat purchases and customer loyalty, while complemented by a growing range of other collections consistent with their core values of affordable and collectible jewelry. TISSOT — The plus sign in the logo symbolizes the Swiss quality and reliability Tissot has shown since 1853. The watches, sold in more than 160 countries, are authentic, accessible and use special materials, advanced functionalities and meticulous design. Tissot has been named Official Timekeeper and Partner of many disciplines, including basketball, cycling, motorsports and rugby. It is also the Official Timekeeper of the World Championships of fencing and ice hockey and of the AFL. BOOLCHAND’S, PG. 72-73 50 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2245 Email: jewelry.sxm@boolchand.com boolchand.com PANDORA, PG. 72-73 12-2 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-1109 5 Harbour Point Village, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-9364 World renowned for its hand-finished jewelry,


PANDORA is a paradise of affordable luxury. Designed to inspire women to embrace the self-creator within, PANDORA is a partner in helping to explore and craft a unique personal story to complement any style, every day. Bring the islands home with our St. Maarten charms! BOOLCHAND’S, PG. 23 50 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2245 Email: boolchand.sxm@boolchand.com 5 Harbour Point Village, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-9364 Email: harbour.sxm@boolchand.com boolchand.com See it, listen to it, or capture it. You’ll find the state-of-the-art gadget you’re looking for at Boolchand’s. Cameras, phones, TVs, games, audio and available brands like Nikon, Apple, Samsung, GoPro, Nokia, Nikon, HP, Bose, Canon and many more. Improving quality of life through technology. BVLGARI BOUTIQUE, PG. 7 59 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 646-432-4727 ext. 35120 bulgari.com BVLGARI, originally founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewelry shop, has become a byword for artisanal craftsmanship, avant-garde materials and unrivaled design. Ranging from fine jewels and watches to accessories and perfumes, Bvlgari’s international success has evolved into a global and diversified luxury purveyor of products and services. CARREFOUR MARKET, PG. 117 Email: email@cmsxm.net cmsxm.net 79 Bush Road, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-4400 53 Union Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3118 Porto Cupecoy Rhine Road, Cupecoy Tel: +1 721-545-3162 Jordan Village, Cupecoy Tel: +1 721-546-4888 Carrefour Market, the largest supermarket chain in St. Maarten, offers its customers an ultimate shopping experience. With four locations, the supermarket is known for fresh produce, including organic fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, they have a huge assortment of liquors, beverages, cigars and cigarettes, dairy products, bakery section, cleaning items and a lot more. DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL, PG. 7, 15, Calendar 59 Front Street Cyrus Wathey Square, Philipsburg Tel: +1 646-432-4727 ext. 35123 diamondsinternational.com Looking for the finest designer jewelry brands? Then make Diamonds International your only stop while on holiday. Celebrated as the Caribbean's most recommended jeweler, Diamonds International has dominated the region for over a quarter century by offering exquisite Swiss timepieces, luxurygrade tanzanite jewelry and much more. Their wide inventory of loose diamonds and couture brands keep shoppers coming back often. Introducing the exquisite Safi Kilima tanzanite jewelry collection and fine Swissmade timepieces. Watch brands include Ulysse Nardin, Bremont, Hamilton, Fendi, Movado and Bulova. In jewelry you will also find Forevermark diamonds and John Hardy. With over 130 retail locations, Diamonds International has enormous buying power that translates into tremendous values on every item they offer. Exclusive brands like the Crown of Light 90-facet premium diamond enjoyed by sophisticated collectors are available only at Diamonds International. Ask their experts for a VIP preview of their extraordinary diamonds, and experience luxury shopping at its best. CROWN OF LIGHT — The premium 90-fac-

eted Crown of Light diamond is a stunning triumph of cutting expertise fused with ingenious design. The diamond’s strategically positioned facets create an innovative cut, distinguished by its magnificent dome, which hones the diamond’s breathtaking superior sparkle and fire, and gives diamond connoisseurs an unprecedented cuttingedge design. The Crown of Light couture jewelry is a unique artistic statement, royal workmanship and cutting excellence to perfect symmetry. Individually graded, every diamond is inscribed by a distinct number. Available in platinum and 18k gold. EFFY, PG. 10-11 Four locations: Front Street and Wathey Square; Philipsburg; Harbor Point — Cruise Facilities Tel: +1 721-543-3339 effyjewelry.com Since 1979 Designer Effy Hematian has stood by his passion for brilliant fine jewelry. Located in the heart of New York City, Effy’s reputation for his use of color set the standard for colored gemstones across the industry. Defined by superior craftsmanship and quality at an unrivaled value, Effy’s customers see and know the difference. ENDLESS SUMMER SWIMWEAR, PG. 43 16-C Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-1510 3 Travel Inn, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-2618 endlesssummerswimwear.com With more than 19 years of selling beautiful swimwear in St. Maarten, Endless Summer boasts very classy and affordable lines to cater to all shapes and sizes for both men and women. Special lines from Israel, Spain, Germany, the US and Canada give this quaint boutique a variety of styles and colors. Endless Summer is truly your complete swim apparel store. FAYAD’S FRUITS & VEGETABLES, PG. 88 Cashew Tree Rd. 3, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-0414 Email: infosxm@fayadsfruits.com Facebook: fayadsfruits fayadsfruits.com With a direct supply from around the world and a long-standing network of growers, Fayad’s Fruits & Vegetables is able to bring its customers closer to the source and is committed to suppling safe fresh produce of the highest quality standards. For more than a decade, Fayad’s Fruits & Vegetables has supplied cruise ships, yachts, restaurants/ caterers and supermarkets in the Caribbean. JEWELS & LINENS, PG. 89, 90, 168, Inside Back Cover 3 Cinnamon Grove, Maho Plaza Tel: +1 721-545-3078 Email: jewels123sm@gmail.com Facebook: jewelsandlinens, jnjewelerssxm, gnjewelerssxm Four stores down from J.N. Jewelers and with the same ownership, Jewels & Linens — located on the main street in Maho next to Maho Pharmacy — is a second-generation family-owned business. It was established in 1986 and offers one-stop shopping with an unrivaled selection of fine jewelry, loose diamonds and branded watches, as well as Cuban Cigars, tobacco, liquor, souvenirs, beach stuff and name brand sunglasses. JEWELS BY LOVE, PG. 8-9, 79 7 Rue du Général de Gaulle, Marigot Tel: +1 917-546-0902 Email: info@jewelsbylove.com jewelsbylove.com 69B Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 917-463-4319 Email: jbl2@jewelsbylove.com jewelsbylove.com At the sixth-generation Jewels by Love stores, you don’t ‘spend’ money, you ‘invest’ it! You don’t just buy a watch, a

diamond or a piece of jewelry; you acquire an heirloom! Over time, your heirloom becomes a highly valuable asset. And, if we may draw a conclusion from six generations of experience, it will be this: Choose once but choose well — A Jewels by Love heirloom, because rarity, beauty and everlasting value are honored here. LINEN GALORE, PG. 71 45D Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2533 Email: info@linengalore-sxm.com Facebook: linengaloresxm linengalore-sxm.com For a wide selection of hand-embroidered linen and decorative accents for your home, visit Linen Galore. Explore their extensive collection of tablecloths, placemats, and napkins — everything you need to create a festive and well-decorated table. To learn more about the art of table décor, visit their website. You’ll find new ideas and inspiration for every occasion. LITTLE SWITZERLAND, Back Cover Little Switzerland Tiffany Boutique Little Switzerland Breitling Boutique 52 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 248-809-5560 ext. 50090 Toll-free: +1 877-800-9998 Harbor Village, Philipsburg Tel: +1 248-809-5560 ext. 50260 Toll-free: +1 877-800-9998 Little Switzerland has been the Caribbean’s most trusted retailer for more than 60 years, offering discerning clientele the finest luxury timepieces and designer jewelry. Visit their Front Street and Harbor Village locations in Philipsburg for an extensive selection of Breitling, Omega, TAG Heuer, Tiffany, Lagos, Citizen, John Hardy, Roberto Coin, Alex and Ani and other top brands, along with an impressive collection of diamond and gemstone jewelry. All brands are offered at dutyfree and tax-free prices. Be sure to ask about Little Switzerland’s VIP amenities, including Best Price Assurance, Extended Watch Warranties and Preferred Zero Interest Financing, available on the spot for qualified customers. MAHO PHARMACY, PG. 89 14 Maho Plaza Rhine Road, Maho Village Tel: +1 721-545-3200 Email: mahopharmacy@caribserve.net philipsburgpharmacy.com Maho Pharmacy offers a wide assortment of OTC medication, French skin care products and Rx medicine from Europe and the United States knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. Get your prescriptions filled, with big savings versus US prices; call or email for a quotation. Located in Maho Village, with customer parking. Open daily till 9 p.m. PACIFIC AVENUE, PG. 77 14 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-543-0433 Email: pacificavenue.sxm@gmail.com Aloha from Paradise at Pacific Avenue, where they believe in quality and service. Let them make your shopping experience a fun one. With brands such as Tommy Bahama, Nat Nast, Au Noir and Lilly Pulitzer, Pacific Avenue has something trendy for everyone. Located opposite The Yoda Guy. POLO AT JL, PG. 6 41 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-543-0196 Opened in 1993, the store, formerly a Polo Ralph Lauren boutique, has now seen the addition of top Italian designer Giorgio Armani. A large selection for men, women and children in the best that America and Italy have to offer. Visit this boutique store and enjoy your shopping experience.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN JEWELERS, PG. 84 86B Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-8250 Email: rcstore@hotmail.com At Royal Caribbean Jewelers you will find high-quality, trending jewelry designs at the lowest prices. Diamonds and fine diamond jewelry in all different shapes and sizes. Each purchase comes with a guarantee and its evaluation papers. Also carrying a wide range of silver and Larimar jewelry, unique to the Caribbean for its magnificent turquoise blue colors. SIMPSON BAY PHARMACY, PG. 86, 157 68 Welfare Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3653 Facebook: simpson bay pharmacy sxmpharmacy.com Simpson Bay Pharmacy is located in Simpson Bay Yacht Club within walking distance of a medical center, SLS Laboratory and a dentist. The pharmacy has a large selection of European and American prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication and a wide assortment of beauty and personal care products. Simpson Bay Pharmacy was voted Best Pharmacy on St. Maarten by The Daily Herald 10 years in a row. SINT MAARTEN GUAVABERRY, PG. 82-83 8-10 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2965 guavaberry.com In the heart of historical Philipsburg, a protected National Monument, built on the site of an ancient synagogue, the Guavaberry Emporium offers Guavaberry, the island’s National Liqueur. Also vintage and exotic rums, honey, hot sauces, seasonings and their famous love potion. Free tastings daily. ST. MAARTEN NECTAR, PG. 87 16 Welfare Road, Laguna View, Cole Bay across the cinema Tel: +1 721-544-2337 MARIGOT BOUTIQUE 12 Rue President Kennedy Marigot, St. Martin Tel: +590 690-709956 HAIR SALON & WELLNESS SPA Oyster Bay Beach Resort 10 Emerald Merit Road, Oyster Pond Tel: +1 721-543-6040 ext. 4803 HARBOUR KIOSK Harbour Village, Point Blanche Tel: +1 721- 544 2337 (open when cruise ships are at port) Email: info@stmaartennectar.com Facebook: St. Maarten Nectar Twitter: StMaartenNectar stmaartennectar.com All of their natural skin care products are crafted by hand and chemical free. Only the highest-quality natural ingredients, certified Free Trade and Organic, and many of St. Maarten’s plants, fruits and aromas are used. Products are available at your hotel’s boutique and pharmacies. Visit St. Maarten Nectar’s lab and exclusive boutique for their entire line in one place and enjoy watching the products being made. ZHAVERI JEWELERS, PG. 74-75      68 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-543-1075 Toll-free: +1 877-ZHAVERI Email: sales@zhaveri.com zhaveri.com Zhaveri Jewelers is a full-service fine jeweler offering high-quality certified diamonds and an amazing selection of gorgeous mountings that in-house craftsmen will use to custom design your dream ring or pendant. Zhaveri Jewelers also has an extensive collection of colored gemstone jewelry, including Colombian emeralds and African tanzanites, and almost any other exotic gemstone that your heart desires.

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